“I am extremely happy and proud to have achieved Cum Laude and the Dean’s Merit award. I worked exceptionally hard during my three years of study to achieve my very best results but the Dean’s Merit Award was a surprise in which I am very thankful for,” said the bubbly Stacey Dunnett.
She will be graduating for her National Diploma in Somatology at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Virtual Graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 12pm.
Besides herself, her parents were over the moon. They could not be prouder and knew how much work she put into her studies. They also could not wait to celebrate the great news with her. Dunnet also expressed her gratitude of the unfaltering support of the DUT Somatology Department.
When she finished school she had no idea what she wanted to do so she took a gap year. She originally wanted to be a veterinarian but her marks from school were not good enough. During her gap she looked through DUT’s faculties and what they offered and liked the description of Somatology, so she gave it a try and ended up loving it a lot more then she originally did.
Her biggest motivating factor was her good results, so she pushed to achieve the best that she could do. “My biggest challenge was probably keeping up my motivation to keep wanting to achieve the best I can and not just passing. You need to want it badly enough to make some sacrifices and work hard even when there’s so much work it makes you want to give up,” said Dunnett.
She said that the tough part of being a student is the pressure the students are put under. “The work is hard and there’s always so much, whilst some people work and study, I take my hat off to them because it was hard just being a full-time student,” she stressed. The fun-loving lass said the enjoyable part of her student journey was being around people with similar goals, forging amazing friendships that flourished and making wonderful memories together.
Her advice to future first-year Somatology students would be to only study this field if one is a peoples’ person. “You will have to know how to talk confidently with clients you have never met before. It sounds simple but this can be daunting and difficult for a lot of people,” she said.
Dunnett is currently doing her Advanced Diploma in Somatology. “I would love to finish my Advanced Diploma in order to pursue the medical side of my qualification, to work in hospitals with surgeons or dermatologists. My end game would be to eventually have my own Wellness Spa with most people in the medical field working together to help people in every aspect of life,” she said.
Pictured: Stacey Janet Dunnett