I am one step closer to becoming a professional herpetologist and its all because I was too stubborn to listen to my science teacher. This past week was graduation at Rhodes University and I am happy to say I got my honours degree In African Vertebrate Bioiversity with distinction. This all comes after performing mighty averagely for the past few years, especially in school where I was the ‘average kid’, capable of only high sixties and on the the rare occasion, and in the presence of misdirected pity, a low seventy.
I remember very clearly that in grade 10 I was called into the deputy headmasters office, after choosing my subjects, to be told that I should probably drop science because I was not capable of completing the subject at a high school level. Luckily I did not take his advice, because today and at this very moment, I am doing what I love, a luxury very few people enjoy.
I guess what i am trying to say is; follow your dreams, no matter what others might say. People might not always see your potential, so it is up to you to see it, and act on it to be the best version of yourself. In addition to me receiving my honours with distinction I was also fortunate enough to receive full academic colours, a position in golden key, the ZSSA award for best zoology honours student and finally the Ewer Award for best combined Zoology and Entomology honours student for 2016.
I am not trying to brag, I am just trying to say that my success was not the product of an abnormal intellect, bribery or luck, it was the result of me putting a lot of effort into something I love. Its very much like what Albert Einstein once said:
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has helped me get this point, hopefully I can continue to do what I love, something we should all strive to achieve.