26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :20

Audiology Student Graduates Cum Laude

Audiology Student Graduates <em>Cum Laude</em>
Ms Nazeera Peerbhay.

‘Nothing brings more joy than knowing my hard work has paid off,’ said UKZN’s top Bachelor of Audiology graduate, Ms Nazeera Peerbhay.

‘It was not expected, especially since we faced many challenges in our final-year due to COVID-19,’ she added.

Peerbhay aims to complete her community service at the Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre, and thereafter, pursue a Master’s in Audiology at UKZN.

She commented that she enjoys building a relationship with the deaf community and learning to communicate on a different level. ‘This profession has allowed me to meet and interact with incredible people. I am a people’s person and I love being able to interact with patients and make a difference in their lives.’

While Peerbhay encountered challenges with regard to time management as the degree can be quite demanding, perseverance and determination paid off, alongside support from her family and God.

‘COVID-19 hindered Audiology students in obtaining clinical practice in the field. Furthermore, we were forced to adapt to the new normal of studying online, which I initially struggled with. Not being in a classroom/lecture room environment affected concentration abilities as we were expected to look at a screen for hours at a time. However, I pictured my goal to achieve cum laude and knew that if I work hard, nothing could stop me from achieving it.’

Peerbhay describes herself as a creative person who enjoys traveling, painting, and baking. ‘I love trying new dishes and cuisine but my all-time favourite will always be pasta.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Supplied

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