26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :20

Bachelor of Dental Therapy Awarded Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Dental Therapy Awarded <em>Summa Cum Laude</em>
Ms Zainub Shaik.

‘I am truly honoured and elated to have completed my degree as one of the top students in the Discipline,’ said Dental Therapy graduate, Ms Zainub Shaik who graduated summa cum laude.

‘This accomplishment was not expected; however, I always tried to excel and work hard.’

Shaik regards herself as an independent working woman who applies her knowledge in the best possible way. Noting that a smile is a warm and welcoming gesture, she remarks that, ‘being a dental practitioner enables you to create those beautiful smiles.’

During her first year of study, Shaik experienced working with cadavers as part of the anatomy module. At first, it was quite challenging, but she eventually adapted.

She added that her study experience at UKZN was pleasant with amazing lecturers and colleagues.

She was always interested in health sciences and felt that Dental Therapy was a good option as it suits her personality of being an excellent communicator, who is compassionate and hands on.

‘COVID-19 challenged everyone in one way or another. As a student, I had to adapt to a new way of learning as well as a new approach and protocol with regard to clinical sessions. Being disciplined, prayers and my family were my strengths,’ she said.

Shaik comes from a supportive and caring family. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, watching series and outdoor activities. Her favourite dish is pizza.

She received several accolades during her schooling and merit awards and Dean’s Commendations at UKZN.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Supplied

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