THE Wykeham Collegiate pupil Kelly MacDevette will be thanking her lucky stars after her results in the Independent Examinations Board matric exams cleared the way for her to pursue a career in astrophysics.
The 17-year-old from Hilton bagged seven distinctions for what she called the “hardest she had ever worked over her school career”.
“It was quite a struggle, but I hoped that all the hard work I put in would pay off, and I did well,” she said.
Breaking the stereotype of the model pupil, Kelly said she was never the pupil to assiduously study throughout the year, but matric changed that.
“I was very surprised. I was never one to be studying weeks or months before an exam. It was always studying the night or two nights before, but in matric I did quite a bit more work,” she said.
Kelly’s studying regime consisted of working through past papers, making endless notes and testing her parents.
Kelly will study a BSc in physics with astrophysics at the University of Cape Town this year, and is already taking in the Mother City while on holiday with her family.
Kelly is adamant that everyone needs a break during the matric year and made free time to “binge-watch” five seasons of five TV shows.