Future Looks Bright for Bachelor of Business Science students
Bachelor of Business Science students Ms Mishka Mohanlall and Ms Revania Padayachee as well Bachelor of Commerce student Ms Amy Wagner will use the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship award as a stepping stone to a successful future in the field of Commerce.
Finance has always been part of Mohanlall’s life since her parents run a financial services brokerage from home. Being awarded a scholarship for top performance is validation that she chose the right career path. ‘My love for finance really began in high school where Mathematics and Accounting were my favourite subjects. I have always loved a challenge, and this made Business Science the obvious choice, since it would engage my mind and require me to think analytically. I believe that my love and passion for what I am studying is the reason behind my academic success. Being awarded this scholarship is an incredible honour, and it means the world to me since it recognises my dedication and diligence over the past few years. This scholarship has really shown me that hard work never goes unnoticed, and it has also motivated me to continue to strive for success,’ she said.
Looking to the future, Mohanlall is currently studying towards her Honours degree and believes that her degree has equipped her with a solid foundation that she will need for her future in the field of commerce.
As a finance tutor, Padayachee enjoys both teaching and learning at UKZN as well as setting a good example as an Honours student who believes in being consistent when it comes to good academic performance. ‘I worked consistently to ensure that I did not fall behind on course content. I am also quite disciplined in terms of my study routine and have dedicated an immense amount of time to my studies. My parents have worked and continue to work extremely hard to provide for my siblings and I. Therefore, being awarded this scholarship means a great deal to me as it relieves some of the financial pressure on them. I hope to one day pursue a career in investment banking and a Bachelor of Business Science degree is an excellent qualification to get into this field. This degree has allowed me to be accepted to attend the Nedbank Corporate Investment Banking internship in July this year,’ said Padayachee.
For Wagner, having the financial strain of both her parents losing their jobs the year before beginning her studies at UKZN was tough. It however motivated her to work even harder. ‘Since no amount of stressing made the situation any better, I quickly had to learn to use the situation as a motivation to work harder and strive to achieve a scholarship. Fortunately, my parents found work at the end of the year, my mom as a school teacher and my dad as a project engineer and were able to put me through university. Although I was saved from huge financial pressures, this experience has left me with a very high level of respect for those who work part-time to put themselves through university and pay off student loans. I truly admire their ambition and commitment to education. I would like to say a huge thank you to the sponsors for this scholarship, along with all my lecturers, tutors, classmates and of course UKZN for making this possible,’ said Wagner.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photographs: Rajesh Jantilal and supplied