MISA would like to congratulate Emma Reid after she graduated in Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha.
“It was hard work, but it had to be done. Studying cost so much money that giving up was never an option to me,” says Emma (22) who is doing her articles in accounting at Fenns Incorporated, an international accounting and audit firm.
Emma says she followed in the footsteps of her mother, Heidi Reid, Senior Vice-President of MISA and Chairperson of the MISA Women’s Forum.
“My mom is responsible for the payroll at work and accounting was my best subject at school. It was a very natural career path for me to follow.”
Emma has no immediate plans to further her studies, but wants to make the most of her articles and rest a little bit.
“I just want to let the moment be. It was very hard work and universities tend to make everything so complicated. I want to enjoy just relaxing a little bit.”
Emma says she could not have achieved her goals without the love and support of her family.
“I surrounded myself with people who are equally motivated, but my family was my support structure. They were there to wipe the tears and to cheer me up after a bad test and to bring me a cup of coffee just to keep me awake,” says Emma.
Her advice to other students is to learn your work every day and to never fall behind. “Once you have fallen behind, it is very hard to catch up.”
Reid says she and her husband, Mark, is immensely proud of Emma and super excited about her future.
“She worked very hard and were determined to succeed. It’s been a pleasure to watch her achieve her goals. From childhood we knew that she had the potential to do anything she wanted to once she set her mind to it. She has always been the most amazing daughter and has grown into a beautiful young woman with the kindest heart. She will always be my baby,” says Reid of her first-born.
Issued on behalf of MISA by Sonja Carstens, Media, Liaison and Communication Specialist.