Interview with Anica Potgieter (South Africa), member of JAB

Written on March 28, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Anica Potgieter (South Africa), member of JAB

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it? 

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. A friend told me he had applied a few months ago after his friend, an ex JAB member from South Africa, had told him about it.  I was ready for a challenge and a new experience meeting people with views different to my own. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

Academically I want to be one of the top achievers in my class and pass my degree with distinction. The challenge would be to excel academically and develop socially, keeping a fine balance. 

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

I plan to study BComm. (Business & Marketing) in 2013. I am fascinated by the business world. It offers such a wide career field and that means I will be able to explore many different aspects in this career.  

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

A leader should be a person with a vision, setting goals and leading the way. A leader doesn’t allow other people’s limited perceptions to define him/her. Leaders should also be able to stand up for what they believe in because a kite rises against the wind, not with it.   

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university? 

A university with a good record and reputation, internationally recognized with well informed and skilled lecturers, a pleasant environment and, of course,  also offering my course.


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