My name is Zamanguni Sibusisiwe Myeni, I am 20 years old from Ingwavuma, Othobothini Area.
I completed my matric in 2015 at Sinethezekile Combined School. I am currently doing my fourth year in Bachelors of Pharmacy. It has always been my dream to help those suffering from various diseases, and I saw the need for pharmacists in our country and it is a gap that needs to be filled.
I saw an opportunity for me to fulfil my dream, but that required me to work very hard in my matric year in order to get accepted to study B. Pharmacy. I knew that it would be challenging for me to study further because of the financial difficulties my family faced.
My mother became a single parent after the passing of my father, leaving her with the responsibility of taking care of my three siblings and myself. The money that she made couldn’t cover my tertiary fees.
I did my best during my matric year and got accepted to study B.Pharmacy at UKZN. I was also fortunate enough to get a UKZN scholarship for my first year at university. I continued studying extremely hard since I needed to obtain a full bursary to complete my studies.
In my second year, I was fortunate enough to receive the Umthombo Youth Development Scholarship. I no longer needed to worry about my university fees, all I needed to do was focus on my studies and get good grades.
I am greatly appreciative that I received funding from Aspen and I feel as if I'm one step closer to reaching my dreams of helping those in need, especially in my community.