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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Bright student wins award

SHINING BRIGHT: Precious Ndlovu SHINING BRIGHT: Precious Ndlovu

A hardworking Opticianry student has been recognised with an award for academic excellence from the South African Optometric Association (SAOA).

Precious Ndlovu said she was shocked when she was told she was the recipient and initially thought it was a mistake.

“I thought I would be informed the next day that they had made a mistake but overall I am truly happy and honoured to be acknowledged for my hard work but not as much as my mother is, she has probably told the whole town by now.”

She said that it was during the lockdown that she figured out how to study effectively and not “to only memorise to forget things”.

“My secret is putting in the effort to the extent that going through the work feels like listening to my favourite song.”

She said she also promises herself rewards for studying and has learnt to get enough rest. 

“My last secret is that I know every time I look at my marks, I literally imagine the joy I feel every time my mother says 'I am so proud of you'. To add, I live by the quote that states that procrastination is an arrogant assumption that God owes you another chance to do something you already had time to do.”

Precious said she would not have received the award without the help of her lecturers, “who patiently answered all the questions posed by my curious mind.”

Angelique Walbrugh, Head of the Department of Ophthalmic Sciences said: “We are proud of Ms Precious Ndlovu's achievement and wish to extend our gratitude to the South African Optometric Association for recognising and celebrating the role of academic excellence in growing the profession of Opticianry”

Harry Rosen, CEO of the SAOA said that every year academic institutions are asked to nominate students with the aim of recognising academic excellence.  

He said the award was made during the recent virtual Annual General Meeting of the SAOA.

Written by Ilse Fredericks