‘I feel incredibly proud and elated that all the hard work, sacrifice and perseverance paid off in the end,’ said Mr Livashin Naidu after being awarded his B Med Science Honours degree summa cum laude and earning the titles of overall best B Med Science Honours Student, best overall achiever in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and best research project in these subjects.
Naidu is currently pursuing a Master’s in Anatomy in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (Discipline of Anatomy) at UKZN. He hopes to complete a PhD and become an academic and researcher in the future.
‘I pursued this degree to enhance my knowledge in the field of research and make significant contributions to the field of Clinical Anatomy. Clinical Anatomical research is my passion. I discovered my deep interest in Anatomy and academia during my undergraduate degree and realised that this was the career path I wanted to pursue.’
Twenty-one-year-old Naidu matriculated with six distinctions in 2015 and registered for a Bachelor of Medical Science (Anatomy). Born in Chatsworth, Durban, he said his study experience was fantastic and that he would not have achieved all these accolades without the support of his family, friends and UKZN.
‘Studying can be very stressful and overwhelming at times; hence, constant self-motivation, perseverance and hard work are very important. You can always exceed your limits; you are capable as long as you believe,’ he said.
Words: Lihle Sosibo