27-year-old Xolani Hadebe sets an example that makes us proud to be South African. Despite the obstacles in his way, he had a dream, and he chased it until he achieved it. Xolani went from being a grocery store packer to becoming a Stellenbosch University medical graduate.
Xolani Hadebe's dedication is being hailed as something truly remarkable and special. The medical graduate made even his university so proud that they took to social media to share his story.
On Facebook, many users are reading Xolani's story and feeling proud of a fellow South African that refused to give up.
Xolani worked as a packer at a grocery store in Piet Retief, but that did not define him. He did hide from his former classmates if they were in the store, but now he can keep his head held high.
Xolani's dream has always been to be a medical doctor. After matriculating, he sent in applications to medical school after medical school.
He was determined and refused to give up, even after he received one rejection letter after another.
After being rejected so many times, I knew there was no way my mom, who has been a domestic worker all her life, could afford to pay for my university studies, so I secured a job as a till packer at our local Spar supermarket.
He saved up money for his application, holding on to hope in his heart. He did not even know about SU until a friend mentioned it. Much to his surprise, he was immediately accepted.
And from there, Xolani worked very hard. He experienced culture and language shock since he was from a small school and his English wasn't exceptional.
But he never allowed it to hold him back, and now he is a proud medical graduate, the first in his family.
His dedication and determination is truly inspiring. Congratulations Doctor Hadebe!
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