Paraplegic student overcomes the odds

Posted on September 06, 2013

While becoming a paraplegic was the greatest challenge of his life, Webb gives credit to his family and the support he received from his friends and University staff. “It was my main goal to get back to the University as soon as possible following my accident. My university days were, without a doubt, the best days of my life and I have made many incredible friends. The memories I have as a Tuks student will stay with me forever,” he said.

Although Webb benefited from outstanding support from the University staff, particularly in his department of business management, he faced the daily challenge of attending classes where the venues were not always wheelchair friendly. He currently lives at the Tuks Village residence, which he finds accessible and accommodating. “I got a lot of support amid all those challenges I faced as a paraplegic – and I must add that I got the same treatment as other students academically,” he added.

Despite his disability, Nathan has a bright future ahead of him. He has found employment as a trainee underwriter at an insurance broker firm in Johannesburg. He has also applied for honour’s degree in Business Management for 2014, and plans to continue at his job while studying on a part-time basis. He intends to study for an MBA at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS).


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