- Xanthe Hunt earned the Chancellor’s Medal at Stellenbosch University recently
- The 27-year-old has unbelievably published 30 academic papers this year
- The well-rounded academic performs in her residence choir and volunteers as a counsellor
Xanthe Hunt has been labelled an academic phenomenon as she achieved some remarkable milestones this year.
The University of Stellenbosch student earned the highly coveted Chancellor’s Medal on Thursday.
Hunt’s master’s degree was converted to a PhD without any changes required – the first in the department of psychology to achieve this.
At a recent international disability conference, Hunt was hailed as a genius by some of the global leaders attending the event in Europe.
Times Live reported that her achievement of 30 academic publications in 2018 is more than what many achieve throughout their careers.
She was nearly refused entry to a challenging biostatistics course by the convenor.
Despite not having done matric mathematics, she passed the course cum laude. Unbelievably, she's managed to do so with every subject since joining the university.
Hunt now has a PhD in psychology following her master’s in biostatistics and honours in journalism and psychology.
Briefly.co.za noted her humility as she credited her mentors for her incredible achievements.
She balances her academic excellence by participating in her residence’s choir as well as by volunteering as a counsellor in various community projects.
Hunt previously worked as a journalist as well.
Next year will see her PhD published as a book.
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