Achiever shares recipe

2015-04-30 17:02

PHUTHADITJHABA. – When Isaac Msibi got 80% in Accounting in 2010 when he completed his matric, he thought the doors to furthering his studies would automatically open.

Little did he know that he would stay at home the following year due to a lack of study opportunities.

His conditions were further compounded by the fact that his parents were pensioners who had to take care of him and his five siblings.

However, he never gave up. In 2011 he kept his mind busy revisiting his priorities and eventually applying to enroll for a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Qwaqwa Campus.

“Like many of my high school friends, I nearly gave up as I come from a very poor background,” Isaac said.

He said his English results made life difficult. “I had an admission points score of 31, but my level 3 in English nearly cost me the bright future that I am now staring at.

“As learners in high school we tend to focus more on certain subjects that we think are better than others and ignore the rest. I feel that it was very irresponsible of me to concentrate on getting the best marks in Accounting and ignoring an equally important subject like English,” he said.

As time went on Isaac eventually registered for a BCom degree.

“I could not get into the mainstream of the course for the BCom degree (three-year degree) because of my English and I ended up enrolling for the extended programme (four-year degree) which I truly believe made me a better student.

“I am aware that many of the students see extended programmes as a form of punishment. I did too, but I quickly realised that it offered me a second chance to do my best in all my subjects.

“The sooner extended programme students realise their potential, the better for them to even excel and do better than their mainstream counterparts,” Isaac advised.

Today, Isaac is the current Qwaqwa Campus best-performing student (dux student) having won six awards during last year’s Student Excellence Awards.

Some of his accolades included best student in Economics (second year) and Accounting (second year), best academically performing resident student, and best overall performer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

When asked how he did it, he said: “Class attendance is the single most important aspect of our studies that we need to take care of.

“I also believe in the CASH in Mind, CASH in Pocket principle that my Accounting lecturer, Andrew Mohan, loves emphasising.

“CASH stands for C – concentration in class and when studying, A – paying attention to detail, S – sincerity in whatever you do, and H – hardworking at all times,” he said.

Looking into the future, Isaac revealed that he would like to study for his honours and master’s degrees in Economics.

“I believe my future lies in this field and I hope to make a positive contribution to my impoverished community of Intabazwe in Harrismith and beyond,” Isaac concluded

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