Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

‘Pace yourself and take breaks’

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Kimaya Nankan obtained seven distinctio­ns.

Kimaya Nankan was shocked when she learnt she had obtained her seven distinctio­ns in her final matric exams.

“It’s been a very difficult year and I struggled a lot with anxiety because I put a lot of pressure on myself, so it’s been a very difficult year mentally. I’m just so glad that the hard work and dedication paid off and I managed to achieve the goals I set out for.”

While it was a very hard year, especially with the added pressures the pandemic placed on the academic programme, Nankan said it taught her flexibilit­y and how to adapt to whatever life throws at her.

In dealing with the pressures of mental health and anxiety, Nankan also learnt the importance of pacing herself and taking breaks.

“There were times I’d study for hours without taking a break, but that isn’t healthy. I had to catch myself and tell myself to take breaks,” she reflected.

While she placed a lot of internal pressure on herself, she is grateful to her family for supporting her and not putting any pressure on her to achieve. “It was a great comfort that my family never put any pressure on me. They were just always there to support me.”

Highlights of her matric year include achieving her honours and of course, her matric dance.

Nankan will be studying law at UKZN this year.

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