I grew up in Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal. I came to Wits to study because it has always been my dream to attend a top academic institution for my higher education studies. I am currently in the third year of my BSc in Materials Science. I am interested in the fundamental behaviour of materials and how their processing can affect their performance. I would like to see South Africa producing materials locally instead of importing them. South Africa’s future is highly dependent on people with skills and problemsolving abilities in a wide variety of sectors. Wits should continue encouraging the pursuit of postgraduate degrees to feed this pipeline, as well as the South African academic pipeline. This expands the cycle of knowledge creation and distribution in the country, and maintains Wits’ highly standard of education and research.