Olebogang Mncwabe is studying Biological Science

6th August 2019


Olebogang Mncwabe is studying Biological Science at the University of Pretoria. She attended Princess High School in Roodepoort, Gauteng. She hopes to be accepted to study medicine soon.

What makes an achiever is perseverance: Many downfalls and disappointments come your way but your ability to keep going makes you an achiever.

Why do you think some people have a problem with math and science? What would you do to solve the problem?

I think people have a problem with mathematics and science because of their attitudes towards those subjects. Many already assume that they will never be able to do well in them and hence they don’t. I think high school teachers have to portray maths and science in a positive light. They should be encouraging everyone to do their best and also have extra classes for everyone because practice does make perfect.

Why did you enjoy science and maths?

I enjoyed maths and science because they allowed me to think, it did not involve cramming. I had to practice until I mastered each and every concept.

Why did you choose the course you are studying?

I chose to study medicine because I love people and helping them. I believe that each person has their own purpose in the world and my purpose is to serve people.

A message to South African youth?

My message to South African youth would be find what you love and do it.

Any tips for learners in grades 11 and 12?

Grade 11s should work hard on their final exams because they are going to use that report to apply for university.

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

Grade 12s should apply to as many universities as possible, at least four, and also apply for bursaries because no matter how good your marks are, no one is going to chase you to give you a bursary.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Ten years from now, I’m hoping to be a medical doctor and still be studying to specialise in a specific field in medicine.

Understanding excellence – what makes an achiever?

What makes an achiever is perseverance. Many downfalls and disappointments come your way, but your ability to keep going makes you an achiever.