WHEN you look at 16-year-old Eustina Ruvimbo Munemo’s Cambridge Examination results for “O” Level, you would probably think she lived in a military-style academic environment where it was all work and no play.
BY SENIOR REPORTER
But not so for this bubbly Harare teenager; her results for the 2013 examinations appear to mock the internationally reputable Cambridge Examinations. She attained a chain of A grades amounting to 10 in Computer Studies, Geography, Literature (English), English (First Language), French (Foreign Language), Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Management.
No doubt, these results define Eustina as a genius.
She, however, had moments to play and enjoy while engaged in other activities prescribed by the Eaglesvale Secondary School curriculum such as tennis and hockey, drama, quiz and the school’s Interact Magazine.
“I am good at acting, but I have never considered a career in drama,” she said. “At one time I entertained the idea of becoming a journalist until I got discouraged by some people who thought it would be weird for me to be a journalist, but I love writing.”
What many may find surprising, however, is that Eustina did not put in extraordinary hours when it came to studying, but worked just like any other “normal” student. She did not have to push herself over the edge, either.
“When you do 10 subjects you have to work at some point,” she said. “For me some, subjects like English, French and Geography, come naturally. But I had to work hard at Maths and Chemistry. I always told myself to study only when I felt like it.”
She said she hardly put in hard work during the holidays because, in her own admission, she has a serious weakness for television.
She, however, did not discount the work her teachers did in setting up this goose that eventually laid the golden egg during the November 2013 examinations.
The second child in a family of three, Eustina was born to electrical technician Edmore and laboratory scientist Ellen Munemo. Against this backdrop, she is probably a chip off the old blocks in more ways than one. And it’s a family thing, too.
As the future beckons, Eustina — who confessed she never really struggled with the school curriculum — said she wanted to do Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at A-Level and, afterwards, pursue studies either in software engineering or systems analysis.
In parting, she said: “You need to be committed and self-motivated.”