We would like to extend our congratulations to Courtney Walsh who was named as the top achiever for the BCom General: Business Management programme at the April 2024 School of Management Sciences awards ceremony.

When asked about her choice of study, Courtney reflected on her evolving interests during her high school years. Initially drawn to the idea of pursuing LLB law, she found her passion shifting towards entrepreneurship as she progressed through grades 10 to 12. With a curriculum already centred around business-related subjects like Economics, Accounting, and Business Studies, pursuing a BCom General Business Management degree seemed like a natural fit. Courtney credits her decision to prayer and a belief in divine guidance, trusting that she was on the right path.

Throughout her university experience, Courtney faced significant challenges, particularly during her first two years of online learning. The isolation of studying from home tested her resilience, as did the need for disciplined time management. However, she overcame these hurdles through determination and a structured approach to her studies.

Maintaining a balance between academics and personal life has been crucial for Courtney. While dedicating herself primarily to her studies, she prioritises activities like working out, spending time with family, and engaging in quiet reflection. This holistic approach to life ensures that she remains grounded and focused on her goals.

Reflecting on her university journey, Courtney emphasised the importance of skills like time management and perseverance. Learning from past mistakes and staying focused on the end goal have been key principles guiding her success. She advises fellow students to adopt a proactive approach to their studies, tackling tasks consistently throughout the semester to avoid last-minute stress.

Currently, Courtney is pursuing her post-graduation studies, undertaking an Honours in BCom Business Management on a full-time basis. Her commitment to continuous learning and personal growth serves as an inspiration to her peers and underscores her dedication to excellence.

As Courtney looks ahead to the future, her achievements stand as a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and faith. Her journey serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring students, demonstrating that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible in the pursuit of academic and professional success.