As this is the first time many of you will be meeting me, I thought I'd use my first column to tell you a little more about myself.
My name is Nurene Jassiem and I am 22 years old. I grew up in Heathfield, where I attended St Anthony's Roman Catholic Primary School. When my family and I moved to Goodwood in the late 90s, I attended JG Meiring High School. My passion for writing and nosy-parker outlook in life is what made me decide to become a journalist. Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to know more about "the good old days" and why things are the way they are.
I prefer not to express my political views, because I need to maintain my objectivity as a journalist, but this much I will say: when I see images like last week, of police firing tear gas into a crowd and shooting rubber bullets in a bid to control them, it sends shivers down my spine.
What makes this so different to the 1980s, I wonder, when these same images were the order of the day?
And so, working for People's Post Athlone feels like somewhat of a homecoming for me.
My love for books has merged memory with imagination and it all feels so familiar. I often find it hard to distinguish between the two, "Was I around when the Trojan Horse incident occurred, or has history been so vividly engraved in my mind that I can't tell the difference?".
I do believe, however, that life is not all doom and gloom and so I also have fond memories of buying labarange clothes in Gatesville and eating gatsbies on a car boot in Athlone.
When people ask me what types of stories I cover, I usually quip: "Everything from murder to music, and sports to socials of your school bazaar".
As so I hope that over the next few years we (that's me and you, the reader) will build a relationship of knowledge-sharing.
I look forward to making new friends and sharing your stories with the rest of the community.
In parting, I'd like to share a little thought with you: "All men must die, but few ever really live".