Strong Work Ethic a Cornerstone for Academic Success
Fascinating topics such as “dark matter” drew Ms Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana to concentrate her studies on astrophysics. Sikhosana is currently registered for a BSC Honours degree in Astrophysics after receiving her BSc undergraduate degree cum laude.
She learnt about astrophysics after attending a presentation at UKZN when she was in high school. ‘I became interested in the subject due to the many unanswered questions that still exist and the fascinating topics that are examined such as dark matter.’
Accolades include being chosen by the Golden Key International Honours society to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Programme in New York and Washington for being among the top 15% of students at UKZN; being one of the top 10 African female students in her faculty at UKZN for the past three years and being a recipient of an SKA bursary through the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit at UKZN.
Sikhosana attributes her success to growing up in a rural area. ‘Values and a strong work ethic were instilled in me by my family from a very young age and I have always applied this work ethic to every aspect of my life, My family are a great source of strength and continue to motivate me to achieve even more,’ she added.
She hopes to read for her PhD in astrophysics and to become a role model for other women.
- Strini Rajgopaul