Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

Tristin Emmanuel Venketsamy, an 18-year-old student from Glenvista High School in Johannesburg, has achieved academic excellence by obtaining seven distinctions and a 92% aggregate pass in the 2023 National Senior Certificate matric exams. Venketsamy, who hails from Johannesburg South, has fulfilled his childhood dream by gaining acceptance to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Expressing his passion for medicine, Venketsamy shared that his interest in the field dates back to the age of four when he would engage with his father’s science and biology textbooks. Recognizing the noble aspect of a medical career, he emphasized the central aim of helping people, reducing discomfort, and curing diseases, impacting humanity positively. Throughout his schooling, Venketsamy excelled academically and expressed a keen interest in surgery.

Regarding the National Health Insurance (NHI), Venketsamy acknowledged the advantages but stressed the need to address associated challenges. He expressed support for NHI, emphasizing the importance of improving healthcare infrastructure and resources to ensure its success.

Achieving remarkable results in subjects such as English, Afrikaans, Maths, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Physics, and Visual Art, Venketsamy credited his success to God’s grace, mercy, and favor. Maintaining a strong foundation in Christ, he highlighted the role of faith in overcoming challenges and obtaining wisdom.

In terms of preparation, Venketsamy shared his study routine, dedicating six to nine hours a day during final exams. His disciplined approach involved creating timetables, completing past papers, and memorizing notes. Apart from academics, Venketsamy enjoys art, music, chess, and cooking.

Acknowledging the crucial role of family support, he expressed gratitude for the assistance and encouragement provided by his parents, brother, extended family, and church. As advice to the matrics of 2024, Venketsamy emphasized the importance of time management, recommending a proactive approach, staying ahead of classwork, and balancing academics with hobbies to avoid burnout.

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