- South Africans heaped praise on a young lady following a social media post that went viral
- Despite many challenges, she revealed that she graduated after a period of seven years
- She's had to stop her studies for reasons such as poverty, illness and employment responsibilities, but ultimately finished with nine distinctions
Obtaining a degree takes hard work, dedication, sacrifice and patience. It also requires lots of funding.
Some of these factors make it even more of a challenge in a country like South Africa where poverty and other social ills are rife.
It all makes the recent achievement of Ellestine Campher all the more impressive.
The young lady recently graduated with her degree, despite a number of setbacks over the years.
She's had to stop her studies multiple times due to reasons, such as poverty, illness and other responsibilities.
Ellestine also had to balance the demands of a job with her studies at some point. These factors contributed to her requiring seven years to achieve the feat.
Incredibly, she still managed to finish with nine distinctions.
Ellestine shared her story via the #ImStaying Facebook group and paid tribute to her mother and grandmother in the process.
A screenshot of the post can be seen below.
Briefly.co.za noted that her post went viral and attracted more than 1 700 comments.
Judy Cockcroft Richardson said,
"BIG CONGRATULATIONS. Your perseverance is amazing."
Louise Kinnear added,
"Well done. Tenacity for sure. Blessings."
Alicia Matthews said,
"Congratulations. Well done my dear sister."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that a man explained how his life was falling apart, but that things changed dramatically following his decision to leave the bottle.
Since then, he's been able to complete a degree in music and become a qualified teacher.
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