S.E.T. for socio-economic growth
Reginald comes from Gauteng and is currently studying BSc (Chemical Engineering) at Wits University Tell us more about your school My school is Mohloli Secondary and it is based in Sharpeville (Vereeniging) which is a small township in an urban area. In 2013 approximately 1 200 pupils were enrolled, with 118 of them in grade 12. This year 1 334 pupils are enrolled and 143 of them are in grade 12. What is special about my school is that it has best of the best teachers with academic support. It produced a higher rate of passing relative to other township schools. It does not only excel in academics but also in sport, such as soccer. The school encourages learners to do mathematics and physical sciences.
I did not encounter many challenges in maths and science, the only thing that I remember that made it hard for me to excel was pressure and stress. With the support from my parents, teachers and friends I managed to pull it through. I prayed and I believed in myself. My parents always told me that if I want something in life I will get it. I just learnt to manage my time well to balance maths and science and this helped to reduce stress and pressure.
My advice to them is that they must be wise in choosing a career path, and choose something that matches their personality. Don’t choose based on salary or status. Apply to as many universities as possible, and the earlier the better.
I see myself working as a professional engineer at Randwater.
I realised that I enjoyed science in grade 11; my fondness for mathematics came from grade 8 – I always enjoyed mathematics. I always look up to my brothers, and since they did mathematics and science at school I told myself that I also wanted to do science-related subjects. My parents are the people who also encouraged me to do science-related courses, saying that they open up the door of many options in life in terms of profession.
My three brothers inspire me. Two are technicians and graduated from Vaal University of Technology, and one is just finishing his BTech in IT this year, in VUT as well. My other inspiration is Kagiso Nkumbi, a friend of mine who is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Dental Science at WITS.
There are many opportunities that come with engineering, especially in South Africa. I did some research on engineering courses while I was in grade 12 and it was stated that engineers are in demand. I also hope to create or invent something as a chemical engineer that is going to make life better someday.
Early preparation, prioritisation and time management are three key concepts of success. Start as early as grade 11 to focus on your studies because the grade 11 results are the ones that are mostly used for application. Learners must not procrastinate, they must utilise their time very wisely. Know what you want in life and find a way to get it. It is important to be disciplined and respectful to your studies. Remember, ”luck comes when opportunity meets preparation.”