Bachelor of Commerce Honours students, Ms Mikara Pather (Information Systems and Technology) and Ms Jadine Mundhree (Management and Marketing) were thrilled to graduate summa cum laude.
Motivated by her love of Information Technology Pather, who is a graduate trainee at FNB South Africa wanted to develop in this field and graduating summa cum laude is the icing on the cake.
‘I didn’t expect this,’ she said. ‘My parents and the rest of my family are extremely proud.’
Last year was a productive one for Pather as not only did she come top of her class, but she also wrote two articles, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and How 4IR Technologies Shape the Future of South Africa.
‘The course was tough at first and during the first phase, I began to regret it. However, learning more made me realise how much I didn’t know. The technology industry is moving fast, making this degree worthwhile. I hope to study further and build my career as my dream is to eventually work overseas,’ she said.
Mundhree’s fascination with the business world led her to pursue a qualification in management and marketing.
‘This is a worthwhile qualification that enabled me to develop skills in strategy development, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork which are in high demand in today’s business environment,’ she said.
She found it challenging to adapt to online learning and also faced the strain of nursing a very sick dog.
‘My dogs are my children and it was very hard to balance taking care of her and studying. I trusted in God and today, my dog is healthy, I am engaged, and my family is very proud of me.’
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal