A female medical student at Stellenbosch University has brilliantly scooped up the Western Cape and Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) National Student of the Year award over the weekend.
Faatimah Jada, spoke to the Voice of the Cape to celebrate her outstanding achievement.
”I grew up in Pietermaritzburg, attended Islamiyah Muslim school primary school and completed my high school years at Ryland’s High school, where in matric I was second in my grade with an average of 89.9%.”
As the first child in the family to attend university, Faatimah grew up focused on her academic goals. After twelve years of schooling, she proudly holds the EMSS National Student of the Year Award.
Her motivation has always been to persevere through any challenges extended to her and use those challenges as motivation to accomplish her prospective goals.
“I used the challenges presented to me as a motivation to persevere and achieve my goals rather than dwell on it.”
Faatimah, reposes her success on the Almighty firstly, followed by her parents and rest of her family. She commends her family and friends for accompanying her with their continuous support over the years, saying she could not have achieved her success without them.
She also highlighted the study method used to contribute to this achievement.
“My study methods has always been to make sure I fully understand my work and then to read over it until I can make sense of it, and finally to go over various examples. Parrot fashion studying never works.” said Jada
She further extend her advice to future matriculates.
“Use your problems as something positive, use studying as an outlet to them. Challenges will always face you. The biggest will be the pressure from people you because you are in your final year. Don’t pay attention to that, focus on your final year and matriculating.” VOC (Nabeelah Mohedeen)