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Young African Lady who failed University entry exam finally gets admission, set to earn medicine degree

A young African lady named Pontsho Dolce Dolo has finally gained admission to study her dream course after failing the University entrance once.

Pontsho Dolo is a South African lady who is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Growing up, Pontsho said her dream was to study Medicine and Surgery as she wanted to become a doctor.

Upon finishing high school, Pontsho wrote the Matriculation examination ( University entry exam) but did not pass. She stated that failing the examination brought down her morale but she remained determined to achieve her dream.

She decided to enroll in the Extended Degree Program, an intensive course designed for high school students who want to apply to a South African tertiary institution but do not meet the entry requirements needed to get in.

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Pontsho enrolled in the Extended program determined and made sure she performed excellently well in the program. Eventually, her hard work paid off and a year later, she got accepted into the University of Pretoria (Tuks) to study medicine.

“My love for medicine keeps me going, and I am always ready and excited to learn about new things no matter how difficult it is. My love for medicine is too deep to a point where no one or any situation can drive me to leave medicine,” she said.

Pontsho mentioned that her family was one of the main motivations for fulfilling her dreams. She expressed her gratitude to them, promising not to disappoint them.


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“I have a very supportive family that keeps me going constantly. They always remind me why I want medicine when facing a difficult situation,” Pontsho said.

”I’m not from a very advantaged family, but the support I get from my family is excellent, and I don’t want to disappoint them because they try by all means to provide everything I need,” she added.

Pontsho encouraged all students who are struggling to gain admission to not give up and be ashamed but rather face their fears. “Upgrading your marks the following year is not a shame. It is way better than settling for any degree. Lift your head up and walk straight. You got this,” she said.


In another story, a brilliant lady named Kalere Edgecombe has achieved an exceptional feat by earning two bachelor’s degrees before the age of 23 and subsequently becoming a doctor at 25 years old.

Kalere Edgecombe obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bahamas, Nassau in Bahamas. She bagged her second bachelor’s degree at the University of West Indies, Jamaica.

Kalere graduated from the University of West Indies with a bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MB; BS). She shared her achievement of graduating from the university with a second degree on her Facebook. Read more about Kalere HERE.


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