Optometrist Receives MBChB Cum Laude
‘I feel humbled and grateful for having completed this degree and to have excelled in it. It is rewarding to see one’s hard work and dedication pay off. I intend to grow my knowledge base in my field and use it to give back to my community. There is always room to improve oneself and the lives of others,’ said Dr Siobahn Singh on obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) cum laude and being named Top Achiever in Internal Medicine.
Singh is a qualified Optometrist who practiced whilst completing her medical degree. She said she has always enjoyed optometry but had the desire to pursue Medicine. Her background in health sciences was an advantage. She believes that one should seek to make a positive contribution to the world and improve people’s lives.
Singh remarked that being a mature student and balancing her studies, part-time work, as well as family and personal responsibilities for six years was not an easy task, but through the grace of God, and unwavering support from her family, friends and fiancé, all became possible. She found common ground and a soul to share her life with in her soon-to-be-husband, Akhil Narain, an Internal Medicine medical officer.
‘Studying at UKZN over the span of a decade has been an ever changing and unique experience. I had both good and difficult times. As a final-year student, waiting to complete one’s degree in the midst of a pandemic was indeed a challenge but we overcame and these challenges shaped me into a more problem solving and proactive person in my approach to work and studies.’
In her free time, 29-year-old Singh enjoys running, playing tennis and baking. She describes herself as a spiritual person who always invests in her relationship with God.
Words: Lihle Sosibo