In the first of a series of interviews with Unisa alumni, Matshelane Mamabolo interviewed Mark Pilgrim and asked him about his experiences whilst studying at Unisa:
1. Tell us about yourself?
I am a radio and television presenter that has been entertaining millions of South Africans for the last 18 years.
I've had radio shows on 5FM, KFM and HIGHVELD and also hosted numerous shows on MNET, SABC2 and eTV including Big Brother and the Power of 10.
2. Describe your most enjoyable moment as a Unisa student?
I started off at a university in Johannesburg and moved to UNISA in my second year.
Because of the discipline I had in studying every single evening (I was working in the day) my marks went up by over 25%. UNISA also allowed me to study at my own pace as finances allowed. I graduated with a B.Com (Industrial Psychology).
3. Describe your least enjoyable moment as a Unisa student?
Sometimes forcing myself to stick to my study regime and study on weekends, even though I just wanted to go out and party.
4. How has your experience as a student at Unisa subsequently helped to set you apart?
It once again boils down to discipline. I committed time every day to study and I would do it even on the days I really didn't feel like it.
5. Your best advice for current students?
People are finding it more and more difficult to get jobs as each year passes. Dedicate yourself to your studies as it's the backbone of your future.