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Romal Naidoo (studying Medicine)

Romal Naidoo is from KwaZulu-Natal. She is studying for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Seize every opportunity and do not let the small moments pass you by.”

Tell us a bit about your school.

I attended Danville Park Girls’ High School in Durban. The school aims to prepare young ladies for the outside world by fostering a balanced environment emphasising not only academics but also other facets including sport, culture and service.

Why did you enjoy science and mathematics?

I particularly started preferring science and mathematics after entering high school, although I was more inclined to the biological sciences. I found myself more interested in these classes and much more enthusiastic compared to other subjects. The enjoyable thing about the sciences and maths is the applicability, the logic, and that there are always new challenges, new developments and so much to still explore.

Any tips for learners in Grades 11 and 12?

Seize every opportunity and do not let the small moments pass you by.

What inspires you?

Reaching my full potential and striving for the best version of myself drives me. I would like to make a difference to people.

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

Make note of when applications are due as they change each year and are different for different courses. Have some idea of where you want to go but at the same time be flexible. Each institution presents their own opportunities.

Why did you choose the course you are studying now?

Medicine is a field that integrates my interests and values. I have a strong desire to make a difference in this world and hence I chose to do it while pursuing my passions of science and people.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I would have just finished my community service year as a qualified doctor and looking forward to my future endeavours.

Understanding excellence

I think that a hard and sincere worker with good values and a little faith will always be an achiever. We should not grade one’s achievements by comparing it to another’s but rather on the individual excellence.

A message to South African youth?

Work hard. Persevere. Have faith in God.

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