- Chanell Classen grew up in a tough, gang-infested neighbourhood in the Cape Flats
- Through sheer determination, she overcame the odds and graduated as a doctor recently
- She urged others facing similar obstacles to never give up
A 25-year-old lady overcame the tough, gang-infested Cape Flats area of Cape Town to graduate as a doctor two weeks ago.
Chanell Classen formally qualified as a doctor from Stellenbosch University after seven years of study, Cape Argus reports.
She made this amazing achievement despite being rejected by other universities because of her maths results.
Chanell outlined some of the obstacles she had to overcome in an inspiring Facebook post, Briefly.co.za gathered. She wrote:
I was born out of wedlock. My parents are from Bonteheuwel and Kalksteenfontein. I was born in Bonteheuwel and currently still live there (Yes, the one opposite Langa).
My parents have been divorced for 15 years. Raised by a single mother. 1st generation University graduate. Schooled in Kensington and got rejected from Universities.
Chanell said she could easily have used these obstacles as excuses. However, with determination and faith, plus help from her mom, she was able to overcome. She added:
I’ve realised that it IS in fact about where you come from. If I hadn’t been exposed to life on the Cape Flats, I probably wouldn’t have worked so hard.
My message is simple: If I could do it, so can you. Use where you’re at to stir the passion inside of you.
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