MPOLISE KANASE (19)
WHAT SHE LEARNT
Mthatha-born Mpolise says Oprah taught her to value the importance of paying it forward. “Mom O is such an influential person and she uses her influence for the betterment of the world. I want to be like that.
“I’ve learnt from her that there is no bar – I set my own limits. She taught me the power of gratitude because that’s how you achieve more. And in Mom O’s own words: ‘Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Always strive for excellence’.”
“My dad passed away when I was seven years old, and my siblings and I watched our mother battle to take care of us. She did the best she could,” Mpolise says, adding her family is grateful for the “indescribable” opportunities she was afforded at the school.
Mpolise is studying organisational psychology at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She wants to travel the world and become a successful businesswoman.
“I want to help people and I want independence. I’m dreaming big,” she says. Giving back to her community is her mission, she adds.