On the journey to becoming a medical doctor – Davinichia Douries

8th December 2021


Davinichia Douries is studying medicine at the University of Stellenbosch. She matriculated at Charlie Hofmeyr High School in Ceres in the Western Cape. She was selected as one of the students for the Brilliants Programme in 2021.

“I am always striving to do better and BE better. But not at all better than those around me - better than who I was.”

“I am always striving to do better and BE better. But not at all better than those around me - better than who I was.”

Tell us about yourself

I am studying towards a career as a medical doctor. Growing up, I excelled academically and there were very few questions I could not answer, but if someone were to ask me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I was left stuttering.

Why did you choose to study medicine?

I did well in all my subjects, so I could imagine myself pursuing various careers. But science and mathematics challenged me and over time I developed a passion for it. Soon I started dreaming of becoming one of the great innovators of the future. I knew that I would one day find myself in a science-related occupation. After doing research, seeing a career consultant and doing some job shadowing, I knew I had to become a doctor. I am currently on my journey of becoming a medical doctor. I am a first year MBChB student at Stellenbosch University. I look forward to a career of lifelong learning and I am ready to be challenged in ways I could never imagine.

How do you see your future?

I know that I am capable of so much more than what I have already achieved. This belief has been the driving force behind my academic success. Throughout high school I was the top achiever in my class, but I still pushed myself to work harder every day and to aim higher than I previously had. For years, I have worked hard despite any personal struggles because I knew that I had the potential to achieve great heights. I see this opportunity granted to me by the NSTF as the result of years of hard work, self-discipline and always striving to do better and BE better. But not at all better than those around me - better than who I was. I know that I have the potential, the ability to do MORE and to achieve more than what I previously have done. I will carry this belief with me every day on my journey on becoming a medical doctor so that I can achieve great heights in the future.