Knowing her goal set the milestones

2015-12-30 10:00
Treverton College top achiever Megan Ramsden.

Treverton College top achiever Megan Ramsden. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Having earned seven distinctions, Treverton College matriculant Megan Ramsden has been recognised as one of the top pupils countrywide in the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) 2015 results.

The 18-year-old’s merits include maths, physics and science. The teenager is set to pursue a degree in medicine at the University of Pretoria next year. Ramsden said knowing what she wanted to become in the future had helped her tussle with the challenges of being a matric pupil.

“It was not an easy year at all, but I was motivated all the time because I wanted to secure my space at the university. I worked hard for it,” she said.

Ramsden said early preparation was important to reduce the pressure during examination time. She said pupils “need not stress while facing exams”.

“I commenced studying at the beginning of the year with a goal in mind. When the exams approached, I only revised. This made it easier to deal with the stress.

“Despite all the hard work that I had to put into my studies, I had time for friends but I ensured they didn’t stand between me and my books.

“It takes a good company of friends to understand that and good friends should motivate you as well,” she said.

Ramsden said parents and teachers play a significant role in preparing matrics to handles challenges.

“At school we had strong support from our teachers — they availed themselves when we needed them.

“Pupils should not be afraid to approach their teachers when they have a question. The best time to nag teachers with questions is during the course of the year when they still have enough time to answer. Fellow classmates or peers are also good support when you study together, but psychologically they are probably going through the same challenges as you do, so they might not be able to help you,” she said.

Ramsden said the best memories of her matric year were of her last day at school with her friends, talking about the future. “We were so excited about the future and starting a new chapter of our lives. In 10 years’ time I will be a qualified doctor, hopefully specialising as a neurosurgeon or cardiologist operating in South Africa,” she said.

The aspiring specialist with said she wants to help poor communities.

“I love working with children and doing community work. This will drive me to achieve my dream,” said Ramsden.


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