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My sister wants to become a wildlife veterinarian, University of Pretoria is the only place that offers the course, she finishes high school next year but she is required to apply to universities this year as there is a waiting period depending on the institution.
She has worked really hard and gets consistent grades that would make me shy to show the results of my final year, she made her mind up in grade 9 already and did a ton of research surrounding the job, now as a family we were a bit shocked to find out that this course is not offered at any of the institutions in Cape Town and she would have to go to Pretoria for about 5/6 years to complete the course. Now for any parent, sibling it would be a concern with letting your 18/19 year old sister leave to a place she's never lived, the closest family member is 2 hours away.

Wtf does one do about this? I would never deprive her of ever reaching her dreams, hell I've even considered moving there for 5/6 years just so she can complete the course and I would have to complete mine at university in the vicinity.
 

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My sister wants to become a wildlife veterinarian, University of Pretoria is the only place that offers the course, she finishes high school next year but she is required to apply to universities this year as there is a waiting period depending on the institution.
She has worked really hard and gets consistent grades that would make me shy to show the results of my final year, she made her mind up in grade 9 already and did a ton of research surrounding the job, now as a family we were a bit shocked to find out that this course is not offered at any of the institutions in Cape Town and she would have to go to Pretoria for about 5/6 years to complete the course. Now for any parent, sibling it would be a concern with letting your 18/19 year old sister leave to a place she's never lived, the closest family member is 2 hours away.

Wtf does one do about this? I would never deprive her of ever reaching her dreams, hell I've even considered moving there for 5/6 years just so she can complete the course and I would have to complete mine at university in the vicinity.
She's growing up, let her. Thousands of matrics leave leave home every year to go study. I work with university of Pretoria students daily, she'll be fine.
 

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She will be fine, bruh...
I know of a farmer, in Mpumalanga, his two sons is studying at Stellenbosch, one medical (becoming a GP), and the other one mechanical engineering. It is an pita to get to the farm, and back again to uni. Farmer Mike and his wife have to drive all the way from MP to GP, to the airport, to pick up their sons or drop them off. That is an 3 hour drive one way.
 

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Save some money to go visit her now and then, or to fly her home.
Look into bursary & scholarship opportunities to ease the cost burden.
Commiserate her on having to live in Pretoria for 5/6 years.
Get her into rugby.
 

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she will survive. Its what we call "growing up".
Mistakes will be made, lessons learnt.

IF you won;t let her grow up now, then when?
 

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First get in! I think that must be the first priority!

Once accepted she must go. First year varsity is always likely to be an eye opener, regardless but give it a year. She's either going to love it or hate it but most likely the former as this is her passion.

With technology what it is, it's simple and practical for her to check in daily to keep the folks back home at ease.

You also 2 hours away, albeit by plane!
 

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It is very difficult for anyone who is not a Black African to get admission to this course, Far more difficult than medicine. However, if she does get admission you will have to get her somewhere to stay near Onderstepoort where most of her training will take place. That area is a bit dodgy so security may be a problem for a woman alone.

I can assure the OP that she will not have time to socialise much.
 

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It is very difficult for anyone who is not a Black African to get admission to this course, Far more difficult than medicine. However, if she does get admission you will have to get her somewhere to stay near Onderstepoort where most of her training will take place. That area is a bit dodgy so security may be a problem for a woman alone.

I can assure the OP that she will not have time to socialise much.
I studied nearby, in Akasia. That area is bit dodgy... But she should be fine, tho...
 

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It is very difficult for anyone who is not a Black African to get admission to this course, Far more difficult than medicine. However, if she does get admission you will have to get her somewhere to stay near Onderstepoort where most of her training will take place. That area is a bit dodgy so security may be a problem for a woman alone.

I can assure the OP that she will not have time to socialise much.
I know many white students currently studying at Onderstepoort. Also, there is very decent university accommodation on campus. If I'm not mistaken, first year is at Hatfield campus and then they move to OP from the second year.
 

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My wife is a Vet, so I know the hard work involved. The reality is OP is one of the only Vet universities in Southern Africa really let alone SA. Its really her only option if she wants to study it. Just a heads up and an advanced warning whatever you heard about getting into medicine being hard VET is harder.
 

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I know many white students currently studying at Onderstepoort. Also, there is very decent university accommodation on campus. If I'm not mistaken, first year is at Hatfield campus and then they move to OP from the second year.
I also know white students studying at Onderstepoort. I did not say it was impossible, I said it was very difficult. Yes, the first year is at the main UP campus where university accommodation is available but at Onderstepoort, it is every man (woman) for himself.
 

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I also know white students studying at Onderstepoort. I did not say it was impossible, I said it was very difficult. Yes, the first year is at the main UP campus where university accommodation is available but at Onderstepoort, it is every man (woman) for himself.
Onderstepoort has a university residence too. I've been there many times
 

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My daughter did it at Onderstepoort without dropping a subject. She had to do one year of B.Sc to get accepted though.
She is now a much searched for Vet in the UK and happy. So far away, it was difficult at first but one gets over it.
 

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OMG this is so sweet. Bless you dude, this is the most wholesome post I've seen on MyBB.

She's growing up, it's going to be harder to support her while also staying out of her way.

She'll be fine though, clearly there are people around who want the best for her :)
 
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