The Only Way is Up for Budding Scientist
Mr Christian Acheampong is a budding scientist at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, whose great drive and potential have earned him the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship.
We placed him “under the microscope” to learn about his story as he rises to greatness.
It was at his high school, Sastri College, where Acheampong discovered his love for Science. ‘I had always enjoyed Science in high school and developed an interest in Genetics in Matric,’ he recalled.
This led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Genetics, in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. The scholarship he received is awarded to the College’s top five undergraduates, proceeding from first to second year.
‘This scholarship means a great deal for me and my family, as I have no funding and my parents are finding it hard to pay my fees,’ he said.
His future plans include: finishing his degree, furthering his studies and working in a laboratory as an intern as he wants to gain enough experience to run his own laboratory one day.
Acheampong looks to his family for support and motivation. ‘My mom and dad inspire me to be the best I can be, every day,’ he said. His family has a great deal of faith in him; his sister Ms Annita Acheampong said. ‘I have known my brother to be a hard worker and have seen him progress through tough times.’
Acheampong has not let his humble background stand in the way of him achieving his dreams. He is on his way up and just needs to hold on for the ride.
We asked Christian a few questions to learn more about him:
Q. What is your guilty pleasure?
A. Playing video games and mobile games.
Q. What was the last thing you Googled?
A. Ubiquity of microbes.
Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. Yes, I’m quite skilled with a basketball.
Q. What is the most used App on your phone?
A. WhatsApp – instant messenger.
Q. What is your fondest childhood memory?
A. Spending Christmas with my extended family.