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Lebohang Mphono

Lebohang is from the Free State and is studying BSc (Mechanical Engineering) at the University of Cape Town.

“I realised I enjoyed Maths and Science much more than my other subjects in Grade 10, when I started giving them more attention than other subjects. I developed a further interest when I read more about great physicists and mathematicians like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton.”

When/how did you realise you enjoyed science and mathematics more than your other school subjects?

I realised I enjoyed Maths and Science much more than my other subjects in Grade 10 when I gave them more attention than others. I developed further interest when I researched and followed great physicists and mathematicians like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. My maths teacher, Mr Mokgosi, and physical science teacher, Mr Lukhele, made sure that I performed well by giving me a target of 90% that I had to achieve in the final exams.

Tell us a bit about your school.

I attended Eldoret Secondary School which is in Odendaalsrus in the Free State. It offers grades 8 to 12 and has about 400-450 pupils. It is situated in an urban area. Its reputation for academic excellence makes it special.

Why did you choose to study mechanical engineering?

I chose mechanical engineering because of my interest in how things work and my fascination with machines, but above all, because of my passion for Maths and Science.

Anything advice you would like to share that would be helpful to learners in Grades 11 and 12?

Sacrifice everything and pay more attention to your school work, it will be worth it.

Did you encounter any challenges that made it difficult for you to excel in maths and science?

I didn’t have any challenges, infact I had extra support because during weekends we attended extra classes that were provided by KutlwanongCentre for Maths and Science.

What/ Who inspires you? 

My parents; I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for their support in my studies. They would check my performance and tell me to improve where I under performed and they motivated me especially in Grade 12. I owe my success to them. 

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

I will hopefully be pursuing a postgraduate degree.

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

Find out what is it that you really love and go after it as if your life depends on it. Apply as early as possible to at least 3 institutions.

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