I (Atlehang Motsoeneng) was funded by ISFAP during the 2nd year of my studies of my BSC Food science degree. It played a big role in reducing the financial burden of studying, especially because this was during the COVID-19 pandemic which was already a difficult year personally as well as academically. I appreciate that it provided help beyond financial assistance, the program managers really played a big role. They cared about my academic performance but as well as my personal well-being. They provided the needed encouragement and support which focused on utilising my strengths and being more confident in my studies. I had the privilege of being a mentor during my 3rd year to another ISFAP funded 2nd year Food science student. That experience helped me work on my time management skills, leadership skills and human interaction.
I completed my undergraduate studies in 2022 and was able to graduate in May 2023, which was a very memorable day. I am currently furthering my education by pursuing my honours degree in Food Science at the University of Pretoria. I am studying full-time and unemployed but looking to pursue a internship or graduate programme in Food science.
Thank you to ISAFP for the support as well as for keeping in touch even after my undergraduate studies.