The KwaZulu-Natal teen, who is currently studying at Harvard University, says he has a passion for economics and political studies.

Although Dlamini hasn’t decided want career he wants to pursue, he is developing a keen interest in economic affairs.

Sasasa is spending his first general year at the institution studying a range of subjects before he has to choose his focus subjects for his four-year undergraduate degree.

“The standard is higher, it is a lot more hands-on and they try to make sure you understand the work. We also have great professors who are leaders in their field and who want to build a connection with students and that is invaluable. Besides these components, the dynamics of the university are the same, from my limited knowledge of SA’s universities,” he says.

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This thoughtful teen matriculated with seven distinctions from Westville Boys High school in Durban last year.

“The programme this semester has been really transformative over the past months. I feel like I have learnt so much and it has changed my perspectives, so it has been great,” he says.

Dlami left the country in July this year to start his studying programme and believes that Harvard is an amazing place.

“It is a place where you have the most privileged children in the world and you also have people who aren’t as financially secure navigating the same space,” he says.

He told DESTINY MAN that the inequality was not shocking to him, given his experience in South Africa. “What did surprise me is the unity at the school and how people treat each other – that has inspired me as a South African,” he says.

He enjoys thinking about future plans and tries to learn new skills.

“My plans for the future are still unclear, but will definitely involve helping black South Africans and trying to give more people financial security and prosperity,” he says.

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Dlamini wants to use his Harvard qualification to build his credibility and create opportunities.

He recalls how his parents were surprised, as he didn’t tell them about his application. “It meant a great deal to them. They were shocked because they didn’t know I had applied, but when they found out, they were elated. The admission just means more opportunities for my family and me and that means a great deal,” he says.