- A young doctor's success story was shared on a Facebook page, Varsity World
- In the post, Dr. Thandeka is quoted speaking about how she managed to get her PhD by going from door to door asking for contributions for medical school fees
- Thandeka's inspirational story was met with praise and congratulatory messages from many Facebook users
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The story of a young female doctor, Dr. Thandeka Mazibuko, has been met with a celebration on Facebook after it was shared on Varsity World's page.
In the post which accompanies a picture of the smiling doctor, she explains how she managed to obtain her PhD while facing heaps of financial difficulty.
The post also features Dr. Thandeka explaining how she went from door to door begging for help with tuition, sneaking into lectures, and applying for loans, all in a bid to complete her education. She also shares some advice for those coming from poor backgrounds.
" I am a true reminder to all the village girls ; all the future medical doctors who have no financial support. IT IS SO POSSIBLE. Yes you can do anything in life. Mental strength is a rare quality but the best to have. Begin somewhere ; school is the only answer I know; my beginning. Feed your brain with knowledge it will feed you back for the rest of your life.
The advice I give young people in Africa and New York City comes from my real life experience. I had no money to go to medical school. My mother was a domestic worker. I went door to door begging neighbors to help me get to medical school. I applied for loans." she wrote.
She also goes on to explain how a local woman, Mrs. Ruth Khoza had to steal money from her husband who is also a doctor, to help her register for medical school.
"Mrs Ruth Khoza stole money from her husband Dr. T Khoza who is a general practitioner in South Africa Ulundi. They gave me $500 (R8 693) to register medical school. I never paid anything else because I did not have it. I was financially excluded. I would sneak in pass securities to attend lectures at UKZN Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. The rest is history."
The post was followed by comments from Facebook users who were left inspired by the woman's determination to succeed.
@Kamani Ramasamy wrote:
"Well done doctor, you are such an inspiration for us student. May God continue to use, and carry on spreading your message, our south African youth need to hear this."
@Sboniso Khulu said:
"I'm inspired.. congratulations!"
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a woman with the name Joan Oji celebrated herself, saying that despite the fact that got her degrees very late, she still succeeded.
She said that she got her first degree at the age of 30 when she was already a mother of six. Despite the fact she had a first-class, she did not pursue post-graduation academic goals.
Joan said that she had to see to the education of her children who were already eight in number. The successful mother added that to inspire her children, she had to pick up a postgraduate application form 20 years after her first degree.
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