Top Bachelor of Pharmacy Graduate
‘I am genuinely honoured to have achieved such an accomplishment. I had no expectation of being one of the top students since my only goal was to comprehensively understand my work,’ said UKZN’s top Bachelor of Pharmacy student, Mr Jadin Somiah after obtaining his degree summa cum laude.
‘However, it was not a complete surprise since I have consistently kept my performance to a certain standard,’ he added. He plans to pursue an MBChB degree after his community service, and eventually practice Medicine and Pharmacy.
‘I decided to study Pharmacy because I love biology, chemistry and helping people. Pharmacy joined all these fields and allowed me to use my talents and serve my purpose,’ explained Somiah. ‘I have always been gifted in using accumulated theoretical knowledge to solve problems and propose solutions. Pharmacy has given me the best of both worlds.’
The 21-year-old added that he did not encounter any noteworthy challenges during his studies since he thrives in stressful situations and easily adapts to change. ‘It sometimes becomes difficult to balance one’s social and academic life but it is essential to give both equal importance. Remember to have fun and prioritise your mental and physical well-being. Live in the present since this is a journey that you will always remember, but also plan your time.’
Somiah enjoyed every moment of his tertiary studies, from the late-night studying sessions to fun-filled weekends. ‘I would like to thank all the Pharmacy staff for being supportive and igniting my passion for learning. My greatest appreciation goes to my mother who was my pillar of strength and a constant source of encouragement,’ he said.
‘I have always been a well-rounded individual who strives to “have it all”. I worked three part-time jobs while studying, so I could apply my theoretical knowledge to the two pharmacies where I practiced,’ said Somiah.
He also obtained several certificates in management, leadership, teaching, and health sciences as well as Dean’s Commendations and certificates of merit throughout his years of study.
He is a member of the Golden Key Honours Society and received scholarships totalling over R80 000 from UKZN for academic excellence.
Somiah is currently undertaking his pharmacy internship at Life Chatsmed Garden Hospital while registered for programmes in various fields.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini