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Hard Work Pays Off for Summa Cum Laude BCom Graduates

April 18, 2017


From left: Ms Sasha-Lee Govender, Ms Sarisha Naidoo, Ms Candice Ramnarain and Ms Serisha Sukdeo.

Dedication and hard work have been the common denominator for four Bachelor of Commerce Honours graduates who obtained their degrees summa cum laude.

Ms Sasha-Lee Govender, Ms Sarisha Naidoo, Ms Candice Ramnarain and Ms Serisha Sukdeo agreed their experience at UKZN has been both challenging and rewarding.

Being a high achiever, Ramnarain said personal challenges included reduced time with family and friends, and missing out on family functions and gatherings.

‘I thought it would be impossible but I powered through. Looking back, I now realise that had I not dedicated myself I wouldn’t have accomplished many of my goals.’

She said conducting research for her quantitative dissertation was the highlight.

Her research titled: “The Relationship Between the Onboarding Programme and Employee Engagement Among Junior Lecturers at the University of KwaZulu-Natal”, found there was a strong correlation between the variables.

‘The dissertation taught me various skills such as having good team dynamics, leadership, responsibility and working under highly pressured circumstances.’

Ramnarain’s achievement has earned her a scholarship to pursue her masters degree.

Aspirant business owner, Naidoo thanked her family for their support and encouragement, especially her mother for contributing to her success.

‘There were many nights that I stayed over on campus, in one of the lans, to pull in all-nighters - many of my classmates would stay over as well.

‘Although it may not sound fun, these nights were really something. Other highlights include getting to spend time with some amazing and interesting people.’

Govender said her studies allowed her to grow as an individual and exposed her to different people and environments.

‘Over the years I have developed strong relationships with class mates who I am still in contact with and some have become my closest friends.’

In the last year of her undergraduate studies, Govender achieved a cum laude pass and received a Department of Science and Technology (DST) Innovations Scholarship from the National Research Foundation which funded her Honours degree. She obtained certificates of merit for six out of seven modules.

A systems analyst at FNB Service Provider and Connect in Johannesburg, Govender said a degree in IT opened up many opportunities.

‘A degree in IT means I have to be involved in many interesting projects such as designing and developing websites and mobile applications.

‘I was also selected by the University to participate in the FNB Codefest where teams come together to implement a project over a period of 48 hours - a thrilling and challenging experience.’

‘I would not be where I am without my parents. They have supported me throughout my degree both financially and emotionally and have made many sacrifices for me. Completing a degree comes with a lot of stress and difficulties and having a good support system makes all the difference,’ added Govender.

Govender graduated together with her cousin Mr Kyle Govender who received a Mechanical Engineering degree.

Sithembile Shabangu

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