S.E.T. for socio-economic growth
“We are living in the data age, says Delight Mashaba
I grew up in a small village called Phaphazela, where the chickens never stop crowing, the dust never settles, the hot sun never takes a vacation and my neighbours are always blasting out loud music. I’ve lived, I’ve loved, and I’ve thrived in many different areas of my life. I’ve faced failure, humiliation and I’ve had many regrets. Yet, in all these things I have always challenged myself to be the best version of myself that I can be.
I’ve always seen mathematics as a language which, unlike many other languages, focuses on solving problems. I’ve always wanted to help people, and with mathematics I believe that breakthroughs are still to be made that will significantly impact economies worldwide.
I haven’t always been the brightest student but there has always been a passion in my heart for mathematics and its applications. From grade 7 to grade 12, God has blessed me with an understanding of mathematics. I decided to study applied mathematics at the University of Pretoria.
I have been struggling to decide which field of application of mathematics I would like to venture into. I find astronomy, economics and statistics fascinating fields, but given that we are in the data age, it seems reasonable to study for my degree in applied mathematics and statistics. My goal is to eventually work as a data scientist at any industry that deals with data. But I am passionate about mathematics in its entirety. I want to have a strong mathematical background as well as a keen knowledge of it. I believe this will broaden my employability as I can venture into many different industries if I unfortunately do not get a job in the data sciences field. I am enthusiastic about the future and want to keep on pursuing my passion.