Emily Norma Kudze
Year of internship: 2016/17
I am an African female, born in Accra, Ghana and relocated to South Africa to join my father, who is a Medical Doctor, working for the Department of Health. I matriculated in 2009 with the hopes of following in my father’s footsteps of becoming a Medical Doctor. Unfortunately, I did not get accepted into Medical school, but rather got accepted to undertake Accounting Sciences at the University of Pretoria. In 2011, I changed to a BSc Medical Science degree, but within the first semester I was not doing very well, and decided to take a 6-month gap period to reflect on what I wanted to do with my life. In 2012, I registered at the University of Venda for a BSc Conservation and Biodiversity, and for my 3 years my true potential showed with good marks and distinctions. I therefore decided to complete a BSc Honours Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria.
Taking a break this year 2016 instead of continuing on to do masters, was a big decision for me to make. But, I did realise in my honours year, my scientific writing needed some polishing as well as a passionate master’s proposal and project to work on. Therefore, this year as an intern for AfricanBats, I do hope to better my scientific writing skills, get ideas for a Master’s Project and as well as gain new experience and training to help with my career in the science world.