Inspired by his father, top pupil wants to bring joy to patients

2013-12-31 00:00

SAMUEL Hansen, who achieved nine IEB matric exam distinctions, will be following in the footsteps of his father next year when he pursues studies in medicine.

Samuel, from Kearsney College, is the son of respected Durban fertility specialist Dr Jonathan Hansen, who is based at St Augustine’s Hospital.

Samuel achieved distinctions in Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Mathematics paper 3, Physical Sciences and Advanced Programme Maths.

He said he was inspired to pursue medicine by his father’s example as he grew up witnessing him bring joy to his patients.

“I want to help people. It’s the only thing I see myself doing.”

He plans to open a health care clinic for the poor and to give back to society.

At school Hansen received academic honours Cum Laude, the subject prize for History and played cricket, squash, soccer and tennis.

He said was surprised to achieve a distinction in Advanced Programme Mathematics.

“I’m very shocked … we didn’t understand half of the maths and were just guessing,” he smiled.

His advice to other pupils? “Participate in what your school has to offer and choose subjects that are important to you.”

He said that he is planning a cruise next month with his friends to celebrate their victory.

But for now, he will stick to a mini party today with a braai.


achieved nine IEB matric exam distinctions

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