Zethu Shebangu '16
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to achieve them”
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING
PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I am currently doing my third year of university at Ashesi University in Ghana. I’m studying Business Administration, a four-year program.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I earned a four-year full-ride MasterCard Foundation Scholarship to Ashesi University, of which I’m very proud. While at Brentwood, I also earned the H.O. Smith Bowl for Excellence in Ceramics.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I’m passionate about studying economic structures of different countries and then completing my own economic analyses of these same countries. I also love athletics and try to make regular time for personal fitness; especially volleyball and strength & conditioning.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
‘All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
After graduating from my post-secondary program next year, I plan to take a gap year and hopefully find a job related to my field of study; business management would be ideal for me. I dream
of becoming a Chartered Accountant one day, but lately, I’ve also developed an interest in Economics. Eventually, I’d like to pursue a Master’s Degree, perhaps in Economics or a related program.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST
INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My family has had the biggest influence on me throughout my life. They always encourage me to do better and to remain focused on achieving my dreams. They call me their hero and I definitely want to be their hero in all I do.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
This past semester while at University, I joined a real estate club at my institution. I had never been involved in anything like this before; I’ve enjoyed learning about different and interesting aspects of real estate, which has ended up having a big influence on my future plans. I now see myself investing in real estate ventures as opposed to other business ventures in the future.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
Being part of Mackenzie house was the best thing ever. We were a great family and had absolutely amazing houseparents. The thing I loved most in Mack House was being on duty as a prefect with Mr. Robinson. I liked how he used to entertain the students with tea and snacks, while always finding time to help us with our assignments. The other house parents helped us too, but we didn’t get to have tea with them– that was a special thing Mr. Robinson always did for us.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
So many! Mr. Garvey, Ms. Hedquist, Ms. Reynolds, Mr. Gage, Mr. Robinson and Ms. Murtland.
They were able to understand me and my background and they were always ready to help me with my academics. I did well because of their influence and commitment towards me.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
I see myself as a Chartered Accountant working in different countries. I also see myself working with non-profit organizations, trying to help people (mostly teenagers) who come from a diverse array of backgrounds and different walks of life. In short, I hope to help people all over the world, in achieving their dreams.