The 25-year old has been outstanding and excelled in her academics during her years of study at UMP. She was also awarded for the Best Initial (First) Degree student.
“I feel honoured and humbled by the success and my achievements. All the hard work I put in was worth it. Even when it became difficult, I never gave up. Given the opportunity to further my studies, I will work even harder,” she says.
Nkuna is the first in her family to graduate. She hopes that her success will inspire those around her, especially her three siblings.
“Graduating in the field of education, I will now have the opportunity to not only educate, but also to inspire and develop learners holistically. I’ll have the opportunity to change my life, develop professionally, and apply my knowledge to all aspects of my life."
On how she managed her studies, Nkuna says her family were an essential support system. She also made sure to keep to her study schedule, and found a good balance between social and academic life.”
“It’s important to find a healthy balance. My advice to other students is to manage this balance very carefully, and never let the one overtake the other. This will help you work hard, but also to relieve the pressure that comes with studying hard.”
Grateful for Opportunities
Nkuna is grateful to UMP for empowering her with the knowledge she needed to succeed. She says UMP's value of adaptability became important to her when she had to cope with all the changes and uncertainty that happened during lockdown when all teaching and learning moved online.
“UMP also taught me the value of community service as a teacher and as a person. I have learnt to integrate my knowledge of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process, which is very crucial to this generation since the world is stepping into the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” she continues.
“It has been difficult being of sound mind, especially during this pandemic. It has been a challenge to remain hopeful for a better future with our country’s high unemployment rate, and schools not being able to function in a way we have become accustomed to.”
She further adds that her biggest wish is to secure employment so that she can take care of her mom and her three siblings.
“It's been hard coping without steady financial support, which in turn has been emotionally and mentally draining. However, I believe that will change. I just need the opportunity to change the situation.”
Nkuna has intentions to further her studies and do an Honours Degree.
“I had hoped that by this time I would have secured employment in order to apply for my Honours, but I’ve not been successful yet. I do believe that things will turn around and I remain hopeful that everything will work out for the best.”
@ Story by Lisa Thabethe. Pictures supplied.