Hard work pays off for Marco

Post - - News - NADIA KHAN

HARD work, per­se­ver­ance, as well as good time man­age­ment have led to a young Chatsworth man be­ing re­warded for his star per­for­mance at the Dur­ban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy.

Marco Naidoo, 24, grad­u­ated cum laude with a Bach­e­lor of Tech­nol­ogy in Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing de­gree and was also awarded the pres­ti­gious Dean’s Merit award.

The former West­cliff Sec­ondary School pupil told POST his achieve­ment had been no walk in the park.

“I re­mem­ber some days I was ex­hausted af­ter work, but I still en­sured that I did at least one hour of study­ing,” he said. “We all know the great­est quote – ‘pro­cras­ti­na­tion is the thief of time’.

“I had to en­sure that I was well pre­pared for any un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, so I could achieve such an ac­co­lade.”

Naidoo re­called his school days, be­ing over­whelmed by the new sub­jects that were in­tro­duced in Grade 10. But with the as­sis­tance and guid­ance of his par­ents, he re­alised that he had to work harder to achieve bet­ter re­sults.

“I had been told the re­quire­ments that I needed to achieve to get into uni­ver­sity and I had set this as my short-term goal. Some­times, things seemed im­pos­si­ble, but through hard work and prayer I al­ways per­se­vered.”

Af­ter be­ing ac­cepted to study at DUT, Naidoo said he found the new en­vi­ron­ment scary.

“I had many doubts, but be­lieved it was bet­ter to try and fail, than fail to try.

“My first year had to be the worst – the early morn­ings and trans­port prob­lems at first. All I wanted to do was give up.

“But how could I have given up when this was my dream. I en­dured and car­ried on, know­ing one day it would be all worth it. The rest of the years went by fast.

“Af­ter com­plet­ing my sec­ond year I found my­self in Jo­han­nes­burg, pre­par­ing my­self for in-ser­vice train­ing.

“This, how­ever, didn’t last long as I was home­sick within a week and came back. Luck­ily, I found in-ser­vice train­ing in my own city in no time. I grad­u­ated in 2014 with my na­tional diploma.”

Naidoo was then im­me­di­ately placed on the wait­ing list to do his bach­e­lor’s de­gree. It was the sec­ond se­mes­ter of 2015 when he heard that he had been ac­cepted and could start.

“The de­gree is of­fered part­time only and this worked out per­fectly for me as I have a full­time job.

“I was rather ec­static as I wanted to start my de­gree and see what was in store for me. Al­though it was hard work and I did not have much time for any­thing else, I en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment and have no re­grets.

“The feel­ings of th­ese achieve­ments are not as great as the feel­ing of know­ing that I made my par­ents proud. I now sit smil­ing, know­ing I have achieved some­thing great, al­though it is not the end of my aca­demic ca­reer.

“It gives me con­fi­dence in pur­su­ing more de­grees,” he said.

En­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ate, Marco Naidoo with his proud par­ents, Gu­jen and Rita, at his grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony.

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