Cum Laude Pass for Social Media Influencer

Ms Theshaya Naidoo
Social media sensation, Ms Theshaya Naidoo graduated with an LLB degree cum laude.

Combining her passion for law with her love for social media is proving to be a recipe for success for social media influencer, Ms Theshaya Naidoo who graduated with a Law degree cum laude

The bright spark graduated with her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree cum laude after bagging 16 distinctions in 2021, making her a holder of two UKZN degrees both achieved cum laude

‘I obtained a total of 25 distinctions and eleven merit certificates for my undergraduate degrees. This achievement shows that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their goals. I faced significant mental health challenges last year which included depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. With the help of a psychologist from Student Support Services, I was able to manage these challenges and still achieve academic success,’ said Naidoo. 

The TikTok sensation, who goes by the social media handle @theshaya1826 hails, from Pietermaritzburg and has come a long way from being a high school pupil averaging 16% in Maths. 

‘It’s important to note that while I struggled with mathematics in high school and only achieved 16% in the subject, I went from failing it (Maths) to graduating with honours and 25 distinctions! This achievement shows that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their goals,’ she said. 

Naidoo’s list of academic achievements includes being the recipient of six awards such as Top Third-year Law Student (PMB) at the School of Law’s 2023 Student Awards Ceremony, an Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship which recognises exceptional academic performance in 2018, as well as a Werkmans Bursary in 2019. 

‘In terms of my hobbies and interests, I’m very passionate about personal development and constantly striving to improve myself. This extends to my professional pursuits, where I’m focused on growing my multiple business enterprises, investment portfolios, and social media presence. As evidence of my dedication, I have amassed over 80K followers on my various social media platforms and have had the opportunity to collaborate with several multinational companies on various projects,’ she said. 

Now armed with her LLB degree, she plans to explore the intersection between law, social media, and artificial intelligence as well as a Master’s in Medical Law

‘I have not yet decided what I want to do. I am excited to see the opportunities that come my way, but one thing is certain: I have decided not to pursue a career in corporate law. I would like to pursue a career in research and academia, where I can continue to learn and contribute to the field while also having more flexibility in my schedule.’ 

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan

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