SHAGUFTA Zalgaonkir can see herself as a successful heart surgeon with a stethoscope and white coat or holding a court enthralled with her incisive legal argument in the future.
But right now the 15-yearold Grade 10 pupil from South Peninsula High School in Diep River is focused on making sure that this year turns out to be as academically successful as her Grade 9 where she got straight As for her final exams.
Shagufta says she is blessed with a good memory and she is determined to remain focused on her goals.
This year, she is studying Mathematics, English, Afrikaans, Life Science (Biology), Geography, Physics and Life Orientation. She is also studying Xhosa.
She hopes one day to specialise by either becoming a heart surgeon or a pulmonologist (lung surgeon).
“I find medicine very fascinating, especially the specialist fields.
“If I don’t study medicine then I will study law.”
Shagufta has grown up in Grassy Park where she still lives and attended the English Church Primary school. She has an older sister who is in matric and a younger brother and sister.
She looks up to her parents and says they are “hard working and always helping people”.
Shagufta relaxes by listening to R&B and her hobbies include going to the movies, swimming, playing with her cats, going out with friends and playing computer games.
Of her teachers, Shagufta says they are “really good and always explain things properly for us to understand.”