Young Man Celebrates Fulfilling His Childhood Dream of Graduating From Wits University Despite Poor Background

Young Man Celebrates Fulfilling His Childhood Dream of Graduating From Wits University Despite Poor Background

  • A grateful young man took to social media to share a heartfelt reflection on how far he has come in life
  • Kabelo Mphelo expressed his pride in graduating from Wits University after it had felt like a farfetched dream for him growing up
  • South African social media users were elated for the focused graduate, who comes from a small village in Limpopo

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Growing up as a boy from a small village in Limpopo, a determined 23-year-old man did not allow his circumstances to define his journey to success.

Twitter user Kabelo Mphelo (@KabeloMphelo) took to the bluebird app to share his joy and gratitude as he reflected on his uncomfortable journey leading up to his graduation from Wits University.

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A focused man reflected on how far he had come to make his dreams a reality. Image: @KabeloMphelo/Twitter
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In a heartfelt tweet he wrote:

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“6 years ago I believed I will never make it out of Wits University. I was just a boy from Ga Raphahlelo Village outside Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo whose dream was to study at Wits. Coming from a disadvantaged background, I never believed that I would make it. But look at me today.”

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Kabelo told Briefly News that he raised by his maternal grandparents as his parents worked miles away from home.

"I had a great time growing up though not exposed to the technologies that existed at that time The only time I could see or operate a computer was when my older brother was back home from university at the time. This affected me when I stared at Wits University as I could not operate the library computers," he shared.

He explained that his main goal back in high school was to do well in matric and gain access to any university and any course of his choice.

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Kabelo said his grandparents were his support system and took good care of him.

"I passed my matric in 2016 and got all A’s in my subjects. I then got an offer to study Actuarial Science at Wits University which I accepted. I eventually graduated with a Bsc in Actuarial Science and scored myself a seat in Bsc Hons Mathematical Statistics and left with two degrees."

From the dusty rural area he grew up in to realising his dreams in the big city with sky skyscrapers - Kabelo says he is proud of how far he has come.

"I made it in a field where not a lot of people can survive, I am a living motivation to someone in Bolobedu, in Mthata or anywhere else in South Africa where you see yourself not becoming something. But look at me, I overcame. I now work for one of Africa’s leading entertainment company's as a Digital Analyst Graduate," he said.

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Kabelo's personal testimony brought a sense of joy and inspiration among Mzansi netizens who gathered in the comments to congratulate him on his commendable achievement and grit despite coming from a disadvantaged background.

@mnisiwemvula_xx commented:

“This is so beautiful. Now every kid from Ga Raphahlelo knows that it is indeed possible. Congrats.”

@cheppie6 replied:

“Blackman, everything is possible. Congratulations.”

@SemionYudkovic wrote:

“Congratulations are in order and now, you need to go back and inspire and motivate youth from that area that they can do better and follow your footsteps, lead by example and show them the way. Yes, you stay in Gauteng but at home, they need you the most. Congratulations.”

@Tshikani said:

“Congratulations. Your circumstances never define who you can be. You have achieved that. What an inspiration you made my day.”

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In another story, Briefly News reported that a hard-working young man, Valence Jnr Kuch proudly shared his delight upon becoming the third law graduate in his family.

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Unisa LLB graduate, Valence posted a few snaps of himself looking dapper in a fitted suit while holding his graduation hood and cap.

Speaking to Briefly News the Johannesburg resident shared that both his father, Dr Kucherera who holds a PhD in Education, and his brother, Victor Kucherera also obtained their law degree from Unisa.

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