Grand Finale!

© J. Francois Barnard - 29 October 2020

Today I completed the courses Introduction to Health Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Programming Fundamentals - the last three I needed to complete the required 120 credits for my Bachelor's in Science Business Administration degree (BSBA).

The Program Advisor

© J. Francois Barnard - 21 October 2020

As you embark on your educational journey at the University of the People, the university assigns a program advisor to you to journey alongside you. Any questions you have, you can ask this advisor.

Studying during Lockdown

© J. Francois Barnard – April 13, 2020

In South Africa, the lockdown started midnight, Friday, March 27, 2020. I wrote two exams on Thursday and one on Friday. For me, that was the end of term 3, and I could take a little more than a week off from my studies.

Finishing Strong

© J. Francois Barnard – August 16, 2020

I have just completed Term 5 of 2020. And it went well in the exams, thank you for asking! In September 2020, the first term for the 2020/21 academic year will start, and that will be my last term at UoPeople. With the end in sight, I can now reflect on the previous three years and celebrate many more highlights than low points.

Environment Protection

J. Francois Barnard – 14 November 2019

(This is an essay submitted to the Discussion Forum for ENVS 1301, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, for Week 1 of term 2, 2019 – 2020.)

I live in Africa, and for thirty years, our family owned a private nature reserve in the Limpopo Valley on the border with Zimbabwe. Protecting the environment is a topic close to my heart, and I despair when I see how we as Africans, mostly in ignorance, damage our beautiful continent.