Top achiever, Ms Amy Wagner graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) degree summa cum laude in 2019 and achieved the same with her honours degree this year.
Wagner whose list of academic achievements includes being awarded the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2018, said that hard work, faith and a supportive family is her recipe for success.
‘My family, including my mom who is an Art teacher, my dad who is a pastor and my brother who lives in England, have been extremely supportive throughout my studies – not forgetting my long-term boyfriend. They have always encouraged me to consistently give of my best and are very proud that I managed to get the results I was aiming for. My faith in Christ is very important to me and He keeps me going,’ she said.
While she describes her honours degree as the most challenging year at university so far, Wagner also describes it as the most enjoyable as it was an opportunity to expand her knowledge on important issues confronting South Africa.
‘A memorable experience was completing my first dissertation that investigated female labour force participation in South Africa. The process and results were both fascinating and eye opening. I hope to expand on this research for my master’s degree this year. I am confident that my qualification will help me not only in the business world, but in life, as it has presented me with multiple valuable lessons. It will also hopefully help me secure work at an economics-based consultancy firm one day,’ she added.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo