26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :19

Best Overall Achiever in Third-Year Physiology

Best Overall Achiever in Third-Year Physiology
Ms Emily Ruth Higgitt.

‘I am very proud of what I have achieved. When I started my degree, I planned to do my best. This is the outcome of my hard work,’ said Ms Emily Ruth Higgitt who obtained a Bachelor of Medical Science (Physiology) summa cum laude and was named the Best Overall Achiever in third-year.

Higgitt is currently pursuing her Honours in Medical Science (Neuroscience and Physiology) at the University of Cape Town and hopes to use her knowledge to make an impactful contribution to science and South African society.

She is passionate about neuroscience and children and intends to pursue research on the effects of stress on the development of young children. She is also interested in neurodevelopment and hopes to investigate this field in the near future.

‘The national lockdown put additional pressure on me to work more independently and sharpen my focus. I drew my strength from my family and friends, who were always there to support me. During lockdown, my friends and classmates helped me a lot.’

Higgins has volunteered at the Upper Highway Baby Home which takes care of young orphans until they find their forever homes. She is also a volunteer for Asikhulumeni, an NPO which promotes conversations about Gender-Based Violence.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied

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