- Pamela juggled her studies and domestic work for six years
- She graduated recently with a distinction in dermatology
- She has shared her incredible journey, which she hopes would inspire others
A 25-year-old intern doctor has shared how she juggled her studies and domestic work for six years until she graduated.
Pamela Sithole graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a distinction in dermatology recently.
She used her earnings as a domestic worker to buy her bare necessities, including food and clothing, while at university.
Speaking to Sowetan, Pamela said she's now an intern doctor at Rahima Moosa Mother And Child Hospital in Johannesburg.
While her fellow students were on holiday during academic breaks, Pamela worked for her employer, Val Shirley. She said:
"I knew I wanted to be something that would make me feel alive, that would make a difference. The only thing that I knew would achieve this was working in the health profession as a doctor."
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Pamela added that her determination, strength, and humility kept her going until she finally achieved her goal.
Growing up, life wasn't easy because her mom was divorced and was raising four children on her own. Her older siblings had to support them financially.
The young doctor hopes her story would inspire others to never give up. Her former employer, Shirley, praised her determination.
"I am so proud of her and the manner in which she has concluded her studies. We're all looking forward to being able to say we are a friend and future patients of the amazing Dr Pam."
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