Dentistry graduate Ms Zamashezi Shezi won the Best Student Restorative Dentistry prize at the College of Health Sciences Awards Ceremony.
Shezi dedicated her award and degree to her family, ‘My family has been incredibly supportive over the years and to know that the ultimate goal has been accomplished means everything to them.’
Shezi said the award was an honour and a reminder that working hard pays off. ‘I may return to UKZN for postgraduate studies but for now I am working on establishing myself in the corporate world.’
She advised students to be mindful of ‘the need to excel and produce exceptional results in their respective fields. Energy and time should equal prestige.’
She said it was imperative to be consistent and unrelenting, ‘You must visualise the ultimate goal and let that drive you and when that is accomplished, don’t forget about the people who helped you and supported you along your academic journey.’
Shezi, who completed her matric at Grosvenor Girls’ High School on the Bluff, is from a family of five, raised by a single mother and a grandfather.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini