Hard work is what it takes

2007-12-28 00:00

Burning the midnight oil, staying focused and giving up several social activities have paid off for several Durban matriculants, who are celebrating their excellent results.

Screams of excitement echoed through the Ramdass house when Crawford La Lucia pupil Sunaina found out that she obtained six distinctions and when she finally caught her breath, she told The Witness that “having no life for a year was worth it”.

“It was about going to school, studying, coping with stress and giving up time with your family and friends but in the end knowing that you did well is really worth it,” she said.

Ramdass plans to study Medicine or Accounting next year but for now her family and her plan to celebrate her results.

Classmate Ayesha Saeed, who obtained six distinctions and will be studying engineering next year, said she will miss her school days but is looking forward to taking the next step in her life.

She, too, said the long hours spent working towards excelling were worth it and her advice to next year’s matriculants is to stay focused.

Lauren Steyn, who arrived at Durban Airport from Singapore to be told by her parents that she obtained six distinctions, was still taking in the news by yesterday afternoon but told The Witness that it was the support of her family and friends that helped her excel.

Steyn will be studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education in Canada next year and said that her matric year prepared her for what the theatre world expects of her.

“Music and dance are my life. It’s my passion and I have been lucky enough to study those subjects so I know what to expect,” she said.

Crawford North Coast pupil Yevashan Perumal obtained eight distinctions which he attributes to the sacrifices he had to make.

“I had to give up playing soccer and watching TV and my social activities decreased but right now I feel really good about my results so I would say that it did pay off,” he said.

Perumal will be studying Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

Westville Boys’ High matriculant Christopher Straeuli, who is celebrating eight distinctions, is taking a gap year next year before studying Medicine in 2008.

Straeuli will be jetting off to the United States to work at a summer camp before visiting family and exploring Germany.

He said he made sacrifices, did as much as he could and in the end it was not “too bad”.

For those matriculants who were only expecting to see their results today, yesterday was an agonising day.

Jerusha Inderjith told The Witness she had a constant stomach ache.

“The stress is unbelievable and I want a time machine so I can fast forward to getting my results,” she said.

Josiah Cele, who was out with his friends yesterday said nothing could distract him from the results.

“I tried everything. I played some Playstation and now I am out with my friends but all I can think about is the paper coming out and not having my name.

“It’s amazing how 12 years of your life is defined in one examination,” he said.

Meanwhile police visibility will step up throughout KwaZulu-Natal to handle the scores of matriculants who will be celebrating.

Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe advised those consuming alcohol to do so responsibly.

nivashni@witness.co.za

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