Summa Cum Laude Computer Science Graduate Now Sets Sights on Honours
Ms Jenna Freer graduated with her BSc summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from UKZN, gaining over 80% in all modules taken, and completing the degree within the minimum time.
Freer, a product of Howick High School, was interested in pursuing a double mathematics major when she started her studies at UKZN, having enjoyed the subject at school. On the advice of Professor Nelishia Pillay at one of the University’s Open Days, however, Freer decided to take a Computer Science elective, and never looked back.
Having done Computer Science as a second major and completing her degree with flying colours, Freer is now pursuing her Honours in Computer Science at UKZN. She says she looks forward to spending more time on the Pietermaritzburg campus, a campus she has enjoyed thanks to the chance it gives students to get to know their lecturers well, and vice-versa.
She says she would not have achieved her degree summa cum laude without her natural drive to succeed and maintain a high standard. Rather than spending time fretting over the end result, Freer says she pays close attention to completing each task at hand to the best of her ability.
‘My advice to other students is to treat every quiz, test or assignment as if they were as important as the final exam, because in the end, not only does that improve your overall marks, but also allows you to walk into the exam with a deeper understanding,’ said Freer.