Monica freelances as an Art Director for small businesses around the world and cares for two small children in Australia. Originally from South Africa, she also volunteered at Marang House; a home for chronically ill children in Johannesburg. Monica became an Emerging Leader, representing Africa, after completing her Gold Award. 

What does it mean to be #WORLDREADY?

Being #WORLDREADY is about having the skills to cope with the challenges that life throws at you and to have the initiative to take on new challenges of your own.

It’s about being resilient, adaptable and knowing that there is often more than one way to solve a problem. It’s about the ability to work as part of a team and the confidence to work on your own. Being world ready is not about waiting for the world to offer you opportunities but about getting out there and creating your own; finding out what you truly want to achieve and forging your own path to achieve it while helping others along the way.

How has the Award helped you be #WORLDREADY?

The Award has helped me become #WORLDREADY by teaching me that there is more than one way to be a ‘high achiever’. In school I felt a lot of pressure to achieve academically and gain the recognition that my peers were getting for their good grades. I started my award, age 15, to prove to myself that doing well in the classroom was not the only way a person could ‘do well’. So, through my sport, my skill and my voluntary work, I gained a lot of confidence that, slowly but surely, filtered into the work I was doing at school and helped transform me into the ‘all-rounder’ that I had dreamt of becoming. Now, 9 years later, with all three levels under my belt and as a member of both SAGAHA, the South African Gold Award Holders Association, and the International Council, I can safely say that the Award has added a world of value to my life and helped me give back, more meaningfully, to others; making me world ready and helping me assist others on their journey so that they too can become ready for the world.

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