Chanell Classen overcomes gang-infested area to become a doctor

Chanell Classen overcomes gang-infested area to become a doctor

- 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

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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.

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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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