SUCCESS STORIES

I am the first person in my family to graduate high school, and thus the first to attend University. I was raised by a single parent, my mother who dropped out of school when she was a teenager. Growing up I always have piece jobs on weekends, and I have worked hard ever since to relieve pressure from my family. My mother could not contribute to my university expenses, so having a STUCET bursary helped me with my basic personal and academic needs and helped me avoid costly student loans that could take years to repay. It was also wonderful to have the support of a mentor. I have just passed my final year in BCom (Management Accounting) at Stellenbosch University!

 

Through working hard, I was selected as an Academic Mentor for EMS, and mentored first years students doing mathematics. I was ` involved in several activities in my residence – a green community project, Disciplinary committee, and Costumes committee.

 

Having this Degree means I will be able to give back to my community, I have many plans for my community like creating pads drive for girls, help matric students to apply to universities, and supplying stationery to them.

 

My plan for 2022 is to pursue my studies further by doing my honours in Management accounting as I aspire to become an Accountant In the future.

Abongile Pandula

BComm (Management Accounting)

Yonela Ndlangalavu

BCom (Summa Cum Laude)

My father died when I was 9 years old. My mother did a wonderful job of bringing up my sister and me on a very small income. When the Covid lock down came, my mother lost her job and went to live in the Eastern Cape after fruitless efforts to find another job due to Covid-19. My sister and I have stayed alone in our shack in Kayamandi.

 

I performed very well at high school, but would not have been able to go to University without the help STUCET offered. The supplementary financial support meant I could concentrate on my studies. The STUCET mentoring made a huge difference in my academic and personal growth. I learnt so much from my mentor, I was exposed to new ways of thinking and having the chance to learn and share with someone else in a safe space which was hugely impactful to me.

I will forever be grateful to STUCET for giving me this opportunity to be one of their bursary holders.

 

It was tough in 2020 and 2021 when UWC went online because of the Covid lockdown. However, I met the challenge of having to discipline myself to meet the deadlines and work through all the material. Not the easiest thing to do when you live in a shack and have to use your phone  to call up the internet. In 2020, I was placed on the Dean of Economic and Management Sciences list of High Achievers. The following year, I completed my BCom-General degree summa cum laude at the end of 2021, that was the proudest moment for me.

 

This year, I am pursuing my Honours in Economics. My dream is to further my studies, do a masters degree and possibly a PhD. My main goal is to specialize in my field of study. Since I am so fascinated about economic growth and trends, I would like to work as an Economic Analyst.

It would be amazing if I could study, work so that I could be able to build my mother a big house that she always dreamed of.