'I did all the clichéd things because they work' - Durban top achiever

2015-12-30 12:30
Durban Girls College top achiever Daniella Bradshaw. (Supplied)

Durban Girls College top achiever Daniella Bradshaw. (Supplied)

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Durban - Matric was a marathon year for Durban Girls College top achiever Daniella Bradshaw, who bagged 9 distinctions and was in the top 1% in all her subjects in the country.

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Two of those distinctions were for advanced programme English and mathematics.

After the release of the Independent Examination Board results on Wednesday, Bradshaw said it was a welcome end to a stressful year.

“It was like a marathon for me. One of my best friends who was at Durban Girls College last year had a quote that matric was a marathon and not a sprint, and she was right.”

The soft-spoken 18-year-old said the tried and tested methods of learning had worked for her.

"I did all the clichéd things because they really do work. I did as many past papers as I could. I worked continuously and met the deadlines and tried not to let myself fall behind, just the normal sort of things.”

Juggling a busy sporting schedule and a frenetic academic workload was not always easy.

“I enjoyed outdoor and indoor hockey and I have done cross country for most of my high school career and played guitar in the school assembly. I tried to have a balance. I had a busy year and my parents complained a lot, but it is what I wanted to do.

“My advice for the matrics of next year would be that even when you do badly just shake it off and look forward. For me term one was very difficult to transition from Grade 11 to matric work, and that was the biggest hurdle. Once I got used to the continuous pressure things all fell into place,” she said.

Bradshaw wanted to study medicine at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

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