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Summa Cum Laude graduate, Aveshin Govender, shows how it’s done

Summa cum laude B.Com Accounting graduate Aveshin Govender says he treats his studies like a job - which starts at 8 and ends at 5, every day.

Port-Elizabeth-born Govender is just one example of the many success stories at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Accounting Department.

“I always had an interest in accounting, even when I didn’t have the corresponding subjects to study it at tertiary level,” he says. In matric Govender took subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Biology, but maintained his interest in furthering his studies in accounting.

Govender started his studies at UWC with the B.Com General course, but soon made the change to B.Com Accounting. He describes the move as the right decision. “The foundation course here at UWC played a big role in my success - it laid a solid base to make up for the fact that I did not do accounting at school, and helped me reach my Honours year,” he says.

Govender says he continues to work hard because he doesn’t want to disappoint his parents, who provided him with this opportunity to further his studies. “My parents giving me this chance to study was motivating in itself and when I work and see the results I achieve, it gives me the confidence to continue to do so,” he says.

He says that accounting lecturer Ronald Arendse played an important role in his success. “UWC is truly one of a kind; lecturers like Arendse are supportive and this is crucial when you want to achieve,” he says.

Govender believes if you want to do well while a student you need to treat your studies like an 8-to-5 job. “When you arrive at campus at 8am, you work until it’s 5pm. This does not mean that you can slack at home - you still need to put in those extra hours to achieve good results,” he says.

The summa cum laude graduate says that the honours programme is another ball game, and it requires hard work from the get-go. He goes on to provide advice for students who want to enjoy the same kind of success as he has. “Work from the start, and work consistently. In this way you are not that pressured when exams arrives. Always attend lectures - this is what makes studying much easier,” he says.