It’s all smiles after a hard battle with exams

2013-12-31 00:00

THE three girls from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls had everything to smile about yesterday when they heard that were amongst the best achievers in the IEB exams.

Taylor Smith said she had to be consistent from the first term and that scored her commendable achievement to reach the top five percent of pupils who received eight distinctions.

She said she made sure she wasn’t put off by the bad marks during the course of the year, but kept her focus.

But having a vision at a young age of what she wanted to become, also kept her going.

Taylor wanted to become a doctor and knew she needed good marks. But she has since changed direction to study a BA degree at Stellenbosch University.

Her equally excited friend Kaitlin Morris, who achieved eight distinctions, advised the newbies and especially those who’ll be in Grade 12 next year, not to leave work piling up.

“It’s easier to solve a problem when you get it than six months down the line,” she said.

Kaitlin also took time off from her books to do ballroom dancing and hang out with friends.

Daleen Rossouw also received eight distinctions and will be studying medicine next year at the University of Pretoria. This straight A pupil is known as a hard worker amongst her peers and her motto is to “play and work hard”.

Daleen said she has been working on her dream of becoming a doctor since her childhood, after her cousin was diagnosed with cancer.

• “Don’t be hard on yourself.”

– Taylor Smith

• “Take a break to do other stuff.” – Kaitlin Morris

• “Never be down. Stay positive.” – Daleen Rossouw.

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