We caught up with two of our graduates, Asiphe and Lucia this week! Asiphe is a first year student at the South Africa Maritime School & Transport College and Lucia is finishing up her first term at Central Technical College in the civil engineering program. Check out what they had to say about their post-secondary school studies!
Tell us what you’re up to, Lucia!
“I am a civil engineering student at Central Technical College in Durban. Right now, I am on school break and am spending my time at the Ubuntu Youth Centre tutoring secondary school students in biology, mathematics, and civil engineering.”
“When I was in secondary school, I took a class called Engineering Graphic Design. The class was an introduction to engineering and the different aspects that make up the profession, like drafting. It sparked my interest in engineering and its importance in our society. I am especially interested in bridges and structures. I am fascinated by the process of building structures and the process of going from foundation to completion.”
You mention the importance of engineering. Why is it important, especially in South Africa?
“Engineering is the literal foundation of our society. South Africa’s infrastructure is underdeveloped; for example, many of our roads are gravel or dirt. Some areas have no roads. I want to be part of moving South Africa’s infrastructure toward development.”
What’s your favorite part of your program and how do you want to incorporate it in to your future?
“My absolute favorite part of my program is drafting, which is the process of sketching the plans for the project. When I am finished with college, I hope to work in drafting for a civil engineering firm.”
Hey Asiphe, what inspired you to study the maritime industry?
“When I was doing career research, I found out that the maritime industry has a lot of job opportunities, but there’s not very many black people in the industry. The industry doesn’t get a lot of credit, and most students do not know about it. With the training I will receive, there’s a lot of different paths I could take, so it leaves me with a lot of options.”
Why the South Africa Maritime School & Transport College?
SA Maritime School & Transport College has a small class size, and that really appealed to me. In large university classes, there’s the chance you could miss information or have a hard time getting in touch with professors.
What’s your program like?
It’s a three-year program – the first year focusing on international trade, second year on freight handling, and the third year is shipping operations practice.
What’s been your favorite class?
I really enjoyed Securities. Securities focused on the ethics and complications of transporting goods around the world.
What’s something really cool about your school?
I get to get my forklift license as part of my curriculum!