A love for figures and finance are behind the academic success of two young UKZN graduates.
Bachelor of Business Science summa cum laude graduates Ms Priyanka Harrichurran and Ms Mishka Mohanlall, are excited about what the future holds for them.
Harrichurran who achieved seven distinctions in her matric year, says her love of numbers led to her studying for a Bachelor of Business Science degree.
She lost her grandmother a day before one of her main exams but, although she was extremely traumatised, she still insisted on writing the paper. ‘Completing this qualification required mental and emotional strength that I did not know I even had. I know that my grandmother would have been proud of me for never giving up on my dreams,’ she said
Harrichurran, who is currently studying towards a Master of Commerce (Economics) degree, says the experience she gained at undergraduate level has given her a strong foundation to take on this year.
Mohanlall loves a challenge and this made Business Science an obvious choice for her. Once at university, she soon realised that she had made the right decision as she was awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship award for top performance. ‘I believe that my love and passion for what I studied is the reason behind my academic success,’ she said.
This achievement is largely attributable to her support system – her family. ‘My family has been there for every high and low and they have never stopped believing in me – even when I didn’t believe in myself.’
During her third year of study, Mohanlall won the Allan Gray Achievement Award and is currently working for the company at its Cape Town office.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Rogan Ward