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Currently in her first year studying medicine at WITS University, St John’s D.S.G. Old Girl, Alayka Haridass (class of 2020) is looking forward to next year when on-campus activities will commence, as her first year has mainly been online learning due to Covid-19. She is excited to explore what Joburg has to offer and finally get the chance to meet all her new friends in person! After finishing school last year, Alayka enjoyed an extended break between writing finals and starting her medical degree. It was a much-needed time to relax after a very chaotic year. She spent a lot of this time with family and friends baking and exploring new recipes.

One of the main reasons why Alayka decided to study Medicine is per passion for helping those around her. She continually strives to do better in all aspects of her life and is always trying to improve herself as a whole.

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with this driven and motivated young lady for this month’s Heart-to-Heart.

What did you love most about your time at St John’s D.S.G? 

 The thing I loved most about St John’s D.S.G. is the sense of community created within the school and how everyone is able to feel a part of something. My favourite parts of school were the opportunities received to explore my talents and strengths, and all the different people I was able to meet and become friends with. These are the people who I will have in my life forever, no matter where in the world I end up.

What does success mean to you and how did St John’s D.S.G. equip you for life after school?

 Success, to me, is when you are happy doing what you are doing. If you can look back on your life and be happy with the person you have become and the impact you have made on the world and those around you, you have succeeded!

St John’s D.S.G. has taught me that success can appear in many different facets of your life and that everyone has their own definition of and meaning to success. St John’s D.S.G. has equipped me to nurture this success and to always be curious to learn new things and not stay within my ‘safety bubble’. Once you reach your potential, you will experience true success in life.

What advice do you have for our current girls and families?

 My advice to current girls would be to always try your best in whatever you do. In the end, you will be grateful for the effort you have put in to be the best ‘you’ that you can be. Take every opportunity you are given to try new things so that later in life you do not regret those times, as those opportunities may not come up again. Don’t be scared to be yourself and understand who you are. Embrace the differences seen around you and don’t be scared to learn about different people and their stories, as you will never know who you will meet and how they could change your life.

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