You go through the rigorous selection application process, ace it. Sit for arduous exams – nail them. Apply for the funding. Then . . . silence.
What do you do if, in spite of your impressive grades and talent, you are simply one of too many people who are equally brilliant with the same dream: to study abroad at one of the world's finest institutions?
There have been many young people, such as Lindiwe Mazibuko and Sizwe Mpofu Walsh, who have graduated from the world's top universities, making the dream seem more tangible.