Ms Kiara Bricknell (22) graduated with an Occupational Therapy degree summa cum laude.
‘I am grateful that my sustained efforts over the last four years have paid off,’ said Bricknell (22). ‘My family is proud of my achievements and hard work.’
She said family and peer support had helped her through her degree. ‘Support from peers was important as they were the only ones who knew exactly what I was going through,’ said Bricknell.
Bricknell’s sister, Janelle, who graduated cum laude a few years ago in the Speech-Language Therapy Discipline, had been a big inspiration for her.
She advised those who were still studying to be consistent, to work hard and attend lectures.
Bricknell is currently completing her community service at East Griqualand and Usher Memorial Hospital in Kokstad and plans to continue working and to also do a master’s degree.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini