After 14 years of working as a cleaner at the KwaZulu-Natal university, 40-year-old Sthembile Mngwengwe from South Africa achieved her dream of earning her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Sthembile, a single mother to a 20-year-old daughter, was determined to demonstrate that no matter the circumstances, a degree was achievable. In order to accomplish this, she bravely utilised the scholarship provided by the university, while also attempting to manage her stressful workload of both work and studies.
“Balancing work and studies gave me a lot of stress,” said Sthembile, “but if you work hard and pray to God, He will help you to achieve what you want.” The ambitious woman also found her motivation from being on campus and seeing the professors’ offices. “I was motivated by being on campus too, seeing students walking up and down going to their lecture theatres to attend classes made me wish to be them,” she shared.
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Sthembile Mngwengwe has achieved an inspiring milestone and is an emblem of what willpower and hard work can get you.