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Tebogo Raseroka

Tebogo comes from the North West Province and is currently studying BEng (Electrical Engineering) at the University of Pretoria.


“My brother inspires me a lot because he always shows great passion when doing something he loves.”


Tell us a bit about your school

The name of the school I went to is Mmankala Technical and Commercial High,a public school situated in Makapanstad, a rural area in North West Province. What is special about the school is that it is the only school in the area that offers technical subjects. During my matric year about 800 pupils were enrolled there, of which about 220 were matriculants.

What were the biggest challenges you encountered at school that made it difficult for you to excel in maths and science? What did you do to overcome these challenges?

One of our biggest challenges was that due to lack of resources we had to share some of the textbooks. This was difficult because one did not always have access to the textbook. What we did to overcome this is that we started a study group and this helped.

What advice do you have for matriculants who have to apply for places at higher education institutions?

They should not waste any time and start applying as soon as possible, not only that but they should also be well aware of the requirements as per institution. I further want to advise them to apply for as many bursaries as possible.

Where do you see yourself five years from now, in terms of your studies/career?

I hope I will have obtained my degree in Electrical Engineering and be busy with postgraduate studies.

When/how did you realise you enjoyed science and mathematics more than your other school subjects? Did anyone play an important part in this, such as a teacher, parent or other role models?

I realised in Grade 8 that I enjoyed science and mathematics more than other subjects because I used to pay more attention to these two subjects. I found them pretty interesting and they always made more sense than the rest. My high school Electrical Technology teacher, Mr RH Mulaudi, also played an important role in that he further triggered my interest in mathematics and science through his culture of teaching. He was always passionate to show us how things work, since the subject he is handling is more technical and scientific.

What/who inspires you?

My brother inspires me a lot because he always shows great passion when doing something he loves.

Why did you choose the course you are studying now?

I have chosen Electrical Engineering because I have always been fascinated with how electricity works. I am interested in electrical systems and I am motivated by technology and the application of physical sciences.

Any other stories/tips/ideas/advice you would like to share that would be helpful to learners in Grades 11 and 12?

Great marks are accessible to every learner, one does not have to be a fast learner to obtain good grades. It all comes down to giving yourself as much time as you need to understand stuff because we all have different rates of understanding and grasping information.

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