Fam­ily sup­port key for Ushma

The Star Early Edition - - MATRIC RESULTS - MASEGO PANYANE masego.panyane@inl.co.za

USHMA NARSAI fig­ured out a way to sur­vive the ma­tric year: lots of hard work .

Ushma, a ma­tric stu­dent at Shee Bharat Sharda Mandir High School in Le­na­sia said one of the things that helped her come out of her ma­tric ex­ams with a num­ber of dis­tinc­tions was keep­ing fo­cused.

“The thing about the ma­tric year is that it’s so stress­ful be­cause so many peo­ple ex­pect you to do well, there’s so much pres­sure. It’s in­tim­i­dat­ing. So I made sure I worked hard,” she said.

Ushma said she was also able to sur­vive the in­ten­sity of the ma­tric year be­cause of her sup­port­ive fam­ily.

“My fam­ily en­cour­aged me through­out the year; they also made sure I had any­thing I needed. They would leave me in peace to study when I needed it, buy me any ad­di­tional ma­te­ri­als or guides that I needed to study. They even pre­pared spe­cial meals for me to cheer me up when things were tough.”

Ushma in­tends to study ac­count­ing science at ei­ther the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg or Wits Univer­sity. UJ seems like the more likely op­tion be­cause all of her fam­ily mem­bers stud­ied there.

One of the things that kept her go­ing through the ex­ams is her love for mu­sic. A love she’s de­cided to in­vest in by learn­ing to play an in­stru­ment – the acous­tic gui­tar.

“I love mu­sic. I lis­ten to a lot of gen­res so that would also help me re­lax,” Ushma said.

She re­ceived four dis­tinc­tions.

NUM­BERS GAME: Ushma Narsai wants to study ac­count­ing science. PIC­TURE: TI­MOTHY BERNARD

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