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Moving to a new country is never easy, especially when you have to adjust to a new school – and a new language – in the middle of Grade 10. However, hard work and dedication along with great help from teachers, allowed Tamsin Thom to pass matric and ultimately graduate at the top of her class.

When Tamsin parents moved back from Australia after many years, she barely understood Afrikaans. She received exemption from taking the subject, but had to take an additional elective subject, as Umalusi requires a matriculant to take seven subjects. This made catching up the year’s work quite difficult. ‘I had to “self-teach” Business Studies, write extra tests after school and miss some classes to take tests with the rest of my classmates,’ she remembers. ‘My teachers spent extra time with me in the afternoons and greatly supported me in all my subjects.’

The habit of taking responsibility for her own studies drove Tamsin to progressing to each university level at the top her class – in a commerce field, no less – and she graduated with distinction to boot. In addition, she was the student head of the management faculty, vice-chairperson of the student body, and was part of the career center committee. ‘You should always make the most of the opportunities presented to you, and put 100% effort into everything you do,’ she advises.

‘Curro prepared me for what university and the professional world had to offer. I learned how to stay self-motivated, self-disciplined, and how to maintain a balance between work, sport and social experiences.’ Tamsin now freelances for EDGE Learning Media, writing educational scripts that get produced as educational videos for professional and educational institutions.