REJOICE Chawes, a Namibian-born, medical student, made history when she graduated at the top of her class at a university in Russia, having attained distinctions since her first year of Medical School.
The 24-year-old student, who hails from Omaruru said she was the best overall International graduate at the Sechenov University.
“I had the honour of being the Valedictorian for my class and this is something I will forever cherish and it has been the most humbling and gratifying experiences of my life, “said Chawes.
Chawes said she attended her primary school in Omaruru where she was always among the top performers her mom instantly saw that she had potential and decided to send her to one of the best schools in Namibia. At the Namib High School she achieved 42 points in grade 10 and 52 marks in grade 12.
“I always knew that I wanted to help people since I was a little girl. I did not necessarily know how but over the years it got clearer and I knew I wanted to become a Doctor,” she said.
She further said after she finished Matric in 2012 things were not necessarily easy for her because all the bursaries and scholarships she applied for turned her down. Until July 2013 where she finally got a scholarship and it was to study Medicine in the capital city of Russia, Moscow. This was an oppurtunity of a lifetime for her because it was something she loved but she would be liberating her mother from financial strain.
Chawes said that her greatest motivation was her mom-Elvera Chawes who is a single parent. She said her mother worked so hard for so long to give her the best education that she could and now it is her responsibility to prove to her mom that her sacrifices were not all in vain.
“Many people have asked her since last Saturday-what her secret was. I would say the single most important thing is to believe in yourself and your abilities. The world is your stage, you are your only limitation so work hard, keep God by yourself and never give up! The world will smile back at you eventually”, Chawes said.
She said her dream is to someday become a Cardiologist and she would love to specialise in Preventative Medicine especially in the field of non-commutable diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension that to this day remain a huge burden on Namibian people.