'I should have enjoyed myself more' - Saints top achiever

2015-12-30 09:00
Asante Nxumalo. (Supplied)

Asante Nxumalo. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - If there was anything St Stithians College's top achiever and head boy, Asante Nxumalo, could have done differently, he would have relaxed more and had more fun during his final year in high school. 

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"I shouldn't have taken myself as seriously. If I could have done something differently I would have enjoyed myself a little more," Nxumalo said. 

But his hard work and focus paid off. Nxumalo got distinctions in all 8 subjects he wrote - life orientation, maths, English, Zulu, business studies, physics, life sciences, and advanced program mathematics. 

He admits it was not easy, but he pushed himself to perform. He said he had a "high sense of ambition" and high standards. 

"I got used to being under pressure. As the head boy you are always in the spotlight. I just acclimatised to the pressure and focused on the end. I always aim for a 100 and if you fall short of a 100 you end up in the 90s," he said. 

Despite the studying he played rugby, basketball, soccer, and took part in athletics. He recently started learning how to play the piano.  

He would not have made it without his family, friends, and teachers. He shared a strong sense of brotherhood with his friends and they supported each other.

Nxumalo, who is passionate about mathematics, wanted to study actuarial science at the University of Cape Town next year. He would keep his grade 12 mathematics textbooks as mementos for years to come. 

"Those are like my Bible. I wouldn't throw those away," he said.

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