Lots of notes later she is now aiming at the stars

2015-12-30 09:30
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Pietermaritzburg - The Wykeham Collegiate pupil Kelly MacDevette will be thanking her lucky stars after her results in the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams cleared the way for her to pursue a career in astrophysics.

The 17-year-old from Hilton bagged a total of seven distinctions for what she called the hardest she had ever worked over her school career.

“It was quite a struggle, but I hoped that all the hard work I put in would pay off, and I did well,” she said.

Breaking the stereotype of the model student, Kelly said she was never the pupil to assiduously study throughout the year, but matric changed that.

“I was very surprised. I was never one to be studying weeks or months before an exam. It was always studying the night or two nights before, but in matric I did quite a bit more work,” she said.

Kelly’s studying regime consisted of working through past papers, making endless notes and testing her parents.

“I worked through 12 past physical science papers and wrote lots of notes for history. My dad has a lot of knowledge about history and I would always sit down and discuss my notes on nights before exams,” she said.

Kelly will study a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Cape Town in 2016, and is already taking in the Mother City while on holiday with her family. “It was only until trials that I realised I wanted to do something in astrophysics. My goal is to study for as long as I possibly can and stay at UCT for as long as possible. After I finish my first degree, I think I’ll have a more clear idea of what field I want to go into,” she said.

Kelly is adamant that everyone needs a break during the matric year and made free time to binge-watch five seasons of five different TV shows. “My favourite word is ‘flow’ — everything should go with the flow and I believe you just have to go with it,” she said.

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