Multi Award Winner Graduates as Best Audiology Student
It’s been four years of hard work, dedication and strong friendships built, says 23-year-old Ms Melanie Ferreira, who graduated as the top student in Audiology.
Ferreira, who was awarded her Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) degree, scooped the Susan Swart Award for Best Student in Audiology (Academic), the South African Speech-Language and Hearing Association Award for Best Student in Audiology (Clinical) as well as the South African Association for Audiology Award for Outstanding Student in Audiology Clinical Practice.
This was in addition to receiving a number of Dean’s Commendations for excelling academically throughout her undergraduate degree.
‘It feels absolutely amazing!! All the late nights and stressful mornings of finishing off assignments or preparing for tests and exams are over! But it wasn’t always hard work and no fun. I also feel a sense of melancholy knowing that my four years of laughs and triumphs with friends and staff are over.
‘I wish all my classmates of 2014 the best of luck for the future! Although I may not see many of their faces, I will never forget the four years we spent together at UKZN and I am proud to not only call you my colleagues but my friends as well. Four years of blood, sweat and tears. Four years of smiles, laughs and memories. We made it guys!’
Ferreira said she always knew she wanted to follow a career that involved interacting with and helping people, especially children.
‘My younger sister attended Livingstone School in Morningside and through seeing the amazing impact the school had on her academically, and personally, I became interested in the profession of Audiology and Speech Therapy.’
‘I always tried to do my best in every task or challenge I was given. I believe my determination to prove to myself and my loved ones that I could succeed definitely motivated me to work hard.’
She said her passion also came from the support and encouragement of all her university friends who were as driven and determined as she was.
Ferreira is currently doing community service at Emmaus Hospital in the Drakensberg, which she says she loves, especially interacting with her new colleagues and the variety of patients she sees on a daily basis.
Although the future remained uncertain, her goal was to one day open her own Audiology practice. ‘Until then I am happy to work where I am needed.’