The Chemistry of Pharmacy… and All That Jazz!
A Pharmacist by day and a Musician by night - Ms Mandy Cobbing is able to enjoy the two careers she loves.
And she invested increased time and effort in her musical endeavours by graduating from UKZN with a Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music.
‘When I finished school and faced the crossroads of life and future studies, I was in a dilemma as to whether to study music, specifically piano, or focus on a health career as I enjoy helping people and had an interest in learning about medicines.’
She chose Pharmacy and has been qualified for over 17 years but she never lost her desire for music.
‘When I was 35 my husband, a Lecturer on UKZN’s Westville campus, suggested I follow my dream and apply to study for a Jazz Diploma. I realised, with his support, I could really do it and so that’s where it started.’
Cobbing said the experience came with a few challenges as she had to juggle between fulfilling the roles of a mother of two, working part-time, practicing 4-6 hours a day and having quality time with her husband, friends and family. She added that another challenge was the fact that she was the oldest student in the music class.
‘I met amazing people along the way, both lecturers and students. I finally accomplished my dream of performing on stage and also had the opportunity to play for Heels over Head and experienced the thrill of being enlightened in the global Jazz World.’
Cobbing’s plans for the future include both her music and health care.
‘It’s never too late to reach for your dreams. I know that sounds like a cliché but it really isn’t. I completed my jazz diploma at the age of 40 – I took a little longer than others but it was worth every second. I have the skills to do what I am passionate about and it is life-changing, self-fulfilling and life-lasting.’
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