Twenty five-year-old Empangeni twins, Sithuthukile and Nokuthuthuka Nkosi graduated with their Masters degrees in Social Work from the Faculty of Arts on 16 May. Sithuthukile is proud of the efforts made to obtain her degree. Her decision to pursue her degree left her with no alternative but to simultaneously manage her academic and personal life. “My biggest challenge was getting married and starting a family, whilst pursuing this degree. It was very strenuous and demanding as all these aspects of my life required a lot of my energy, I had to put in a lot of late nights and early mornings and also had to juggle between work and its demands,” she said. Sithuthukile thanked her husband and parents for their support and encouraging her to complete her thesis. She encouraged aspiring masters’ students to be patient. She said: “Patience and dedication really pays off at the end. Negativity will hinder and demotivate you, but never compromise your goal.” Nokuthuthuka shared the same sentiments and sacrificed her early hours to complete her thesis. “Being employed did not make waking up in the early hours of the morning easier. Particularly because work demanded quiet a significant amount of time on its own. I overcame my challenges by making sacrifices. I had to stay at home during family and social events just to make up for the lost time,” she said. The pair intend on obtaining their Master’s in Business Administration by the age of 28 years, followed by their doctorate degrees.