Abusing her new-found freedom as a university student, Ernah spent money recklessly and wasted three years of her life. After completing matric, she moved in with her aunt who lived in another province to study for a degree in Human Resources.
"I battled with alcohol addiction for three years. I could not provide for my partner and our child. I also battled to pay the monthly rent for the room we lived in and my landlord chased me out of the room.