Pursuing a career in archaeology and travelling the world as a result have been beautiful surprises for Kelita Shadrach. She currently holds bachelor’s, honours and master’s degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and, as a PhD candidate, her research investigates the cultural changes and behavioural adaptations of past human species. The period she studies is associated with widespread diversification in culture and represents the roots of modern human origins. Finding the courage to take on a doctoral degree is one of her proudest moments, because she had to change her internal dialogue from fear of failure to one of confidence and self-worth. “I want my parents to be able to see me graduate and I want them to be proud and know that, whilst life is often difficult and unpredictable, they raised a strong young woman who can take on science and maybe even the world.”
Making the world a better place through technology is at the core of what I do.