Johannesburg – Without the support of his mother, Thulo Serobe says he wouldn’t have made it through 2017. Serobe, the former head boy at St Stithians College in Johannesburg, bagged seven distinctions in the IEB examinations - making him one of the school’s top performers. - Read: IEB matric pass rate hits 98.76%"My mom very big time helped me. She and my sister were kind of my core motivation the past year," Serobe tells News24. Serobe passed matric with his twin sister Tiro, who also went to St Stithians College."They would come speak to me when times got tough. They are very wise and would speak through things and help me make sense of a situation."Serobe’s mother, Verna Douman, said she believes his faith in God provided a solid foundation to excel academically. Douman added that she was proud of her son, "who has inspired so many". TO SEE YOUR IEB RESULTS CLICK HEREShe said she would miss her children when they leave."I am sad to see them go yes. They’ll be leaving soon, but I look forward to seeing them blossom and develop so beautifully to achieve greater things," Douman added. Serobe has been accepted to Pennsylvania University’s Wharton business school, where he’ll be studying economics.He is set to depart for the US in August.“I have always been very passionate about business since a very early age – I am already involved in business incubators and trade on Easy Equities," Serobe explained. "My ultimate goal is to one day be a global entrepreneur which solves global problems and add value to the world, not just here in South Africa – but in Africa and Europe."While he described 2017 as the "hardest year of his life", Serobe says it was important to always have a bigger goal to work towards."Whatever your goal is in matric, make sure that it isn’t just achieving academically," Serobe says.Register with News24 to get your results as they become available, and if you're a 2017 matric you could also stand a chance to win R10 000 in cash. Simply tick the competition entry box on the sign-up page. To register, click here.