It is never too late to study, says Mercia Mottie
The University of the Western Cape’s (UWC’s) Mercia Mottie, faculty officer for the Faculty of Natural Sciences, made her dream come true when she completed her Baccalaureus Commercii (BCom) Law degree in March this year.
“BCom Law is my passion, because this field handles business and law, and this is what I love to do,” says Mottie.
Mottie started her studies in LLB Law in 1998, but had to give it up because of her responsibilities as a faculty officer at UWC and as a mother of two at home.
Before she started to work and study at UWC, Mottie completed her diploma in secretarial management at the Cape Commercial College, but felt that she needed to do more - and that is when the decision arrived to study at UWC.
Mottie completed her studies on a part-time basis. She says she would love to use the skills she has learnt and help the community of Bishop Lavis, where she grew up and spent most of her adult life. “I want to help the common man on the street with things pertaining to law, this is my passion and what I want to do with my life,” she says.
Mottie explains that her husband, Bradley, and her mother - who is 83 years old - played a major role in helping her complete her degree. “I believe that my husband and I are good role models for our children, and that with our guidance they can achieve great things,” she says.
She believes that the only way to achieve what you want is by working hard and persevering through the tough times that are often part of the process of getting your qualification. “Working at UWC made me realise that anything is possible, and that it is never too late to improve,” she says.
And Mottie isn’t giving up studying anytime soon. “It won’t stop here, I plan to do my articles for B.Com Law, then complete my Honours as well as get experience in the field,” she says.