Seven Medical Microbiology honours students graduated cum laude.
Among them is avid gamer and hiker, Mr Mohammed Anderson, who said that his passion for Microbiology was ignited by his curiosity about how the human body functions and the fact that what he called miniature “wars” are waged within our bodies against sickness.
Anderson is no stranger to receiving accolades for his hard work. He was named the best-performing final year student in Microbiology and Genetics, and is a member of the International Golden Key Honour Society.
He is currently pursuing his master’s degree and aspires to be at the forefront of research on healthcare reform in South Africa.
Growing up loving biology and science, it was no surprise that Ms Shandre Singaram chose the Medical field.
Currently working as a microbiologist in a water testing laboratory, she said that she hopes to continue her studies in the future.
‘I am overcome with joy and proud of myself for achieving this goal that I believed would be insurmountable,’ she said.
Distance and COVID-19, were the biggest challenges for Ms Kiara Govender. Residing in the Tongaat area, Govender had to travel to the Umbilo campus on a daily basis.
Chatsworth-born Ms Cassandra Chunder said that her journey at UKZN not only grew her personally but also academically. Currently working as a health administrator, she hopes that her achievement will be a stepping stone to becoming a medical laboratory scientist.
‘There were many times when I felt really demotivated and overwhelmed. I’m grateful to my supportive parents who encouraged and strengthened me,’ said Ms Urissa Soobramoney.
‘Never give up on your dreams. Work hard and strive for excellence. Self-motivation is the key to success,’ were the wise words from Ms Rashmika Ramkisoon.
Words: Mandisa Shozi
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan