At St John’s D.S.G., Snenhlanhla Dlamini (Class of 2016) was known as a talented, strong and passionate, young woman – a force to be reckoned with!
Since matriculating from St John’s D.S.G., Sne has gone on to complete an Accounting Degree at the University of Pretoria, and is currently busy completing her Honours in Accounting Sciences. She is en route to – and not far away from – becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Sne says she appreciates the values that St John’s D.S.G instilled in her, and the confidence that she gained at school has helped her to believe in herself and be committed to empowering other young women around her. It was a pleasure to catch up with Sne for this month’s Heart-to-Heart.
What did you love most about St John’s D.S.G?
I really loved the ethos of the school above everything else. St John’s D.S.G. paid a lot of attention to shaping our ethical values so that we could be upstanding citizens, upon leaving the school. I think that it’s very rare for a school to want to go the extra mile in terms of not only educating our minds, but also our hearts, and I think that while I was there, I took that for granted.
What does success mean to you and how did St John’s D.S.G equip you for life after school?
I think success is being grounded in what you stand for, what you do and who you are – no matter what the world thinks you should be doing. Success is waking up excited to get on with your day because you know that you’re contributing to society and that you’re doing a brilliant job at it. St John’s D.S.G. equipped me to be on the path to success after school by constantly asserting my strength as a young woman. The world we live in is so much more difficult when you’re a woman.
What advice do you have for our current girls and their families?
My advice to the girls is to be more outspoken. Be confident and own your space in the world, because no one can take that away from you. Ladies must never be timid in the face of what they believe in; there is so much that we are capable of! Resilience should be learnt from a young age so that when we go out into the world, be it corporate or otherwise, we can stand our ground and be vessels of strength, love and success.
Also, there is life after High School!! And yes, it’s a lot to look forward to, but don’t dwell on it too much, because there’s so much fun to be had while you’re young. Enjoy your time at St John’s D.S.G while you still can. It goes by really fast and you might just miss it when you hit your 20s!
Lastly, be kind to your families. I know that, sometimes, they may seem quite annoying (especially parents) but as you get older, it will surprise you to realise how right they were about (almost) everything.