Having a creative mindset and focusing her creativity towards Architectural Design, led Nedine Jugmohan to achieve her goal of excelling in her academic studies.
The 23-year-old graduand will graduate Cum laude with the prestigious Dean’s Merit Award for her National Diploma in Architectural Technology. She will be graduating at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Virtual Graduation ceremony on Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 12pm.
Upon hearing her accolade, Jugmohan said she was honoured to be given the esteemed award. “It was truly a dream come true and by far the most prestigious award I have received. I felt really proud when I received the good news and to know that all my hard work and late nights finally paid off,” she said.
Her dream is to give her parents a greater life in the future and this had motivated her to always do her best and to be focused on her studies.
Speaking about her choice of study, she added that she first started off by obtaining a certification in Civil Engineering Studies. “I realised my true passion was Architecture and I applied to DUT for Architectural Technology, and after being accepted, I have been dedicated to it ever since,” she added.
Jugmohan said her field of study has had its challenges, as some of the challenges she had faced as a female architectural student was sometimes being overwhelmed in the typically male-dominant field. Also, the projects that she had worked on consumed much of her time, however being focused-driven has been a far greater success in her academic journey.
“Architecture is a wonderful profession for a motivated and focus- driven person and if you want to make a positive difference in people’s lives in terms of the built environment then it is definitely the career choice for you,” she said.
Her aim is to obtain her Master’s degree in Architecture and thereafter own an architectural practice that specialises in high-rise Architecture and eco-friendly urban design.
Jugmohan said she was initially a bit disappointed that the physical graduation was canceled and that she is now part of the first set of students that are going to graduated virtually and not attend the actual graduation event. “On a brighter side, it was done only to protect the health and well-being of students and staff and for that I am more than grateful,” she said.
Pictured: Nedine Jugmohan