Top achiever, Ms Leah Jamie Sim.

Top Biokinetics Student

Ms Leah Jamie Sim was named UKZN’s Top Biokinetics Honours student and Best Overall Achiever.

Sim is passionate about sport, and learnt the importance and value of rehabilitation through individualised exercise programmes while playing at provincial level. She aims to work as a Biokineticist so as to improve other people’s lives.

‘Studying during COVID-19 was a challenge as we all had to adapt to online lectures (and) staying disciplined while learning from home. I had to stay focused on my studies and isolate myself from my family to avoid distraction. I also kept myself on track by making timetables for lecture time, study time and leisure time to separate my day,’ she added.

She said she enjoyed her experience at UKZN from undergrad to honours level. ‘The lecturers were knowledgeable and gave it their all to ensure we were able to achieve. The facilities were functional and we always had access to new learning material. Although many tough times came hand on hand with the good, I can definitely say I am glad I studied at UKZN,’ said Sim.

‘Unfortunately in honours, our lab burnt down which placed huge limitations on our course, but we overcame this and although equipment was minimal, we made it work. We came together, worked together and strove to complete our degree.’

Sim describes herself as determined and dedicated. ‘Unfortunately, I wasn’t accepted with my matric results but I didn’t let this get me down and was still determined to study Biokinetics. After some hard work, I was accepted and slowly started to succeed.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini