Get To Know The Class of 2021: Naledi Lebati
Head of Serala 2021
What are your hopes for Stanford Lake College as you lead the school in the year ahead?
I hope to improve the overall morale among the Stanford pupils. I would like to see us all embrace mental health more and understand the importance of being in a healthy mental state. I also hope that the Stanfordians learn that no matter what obstacles may come their way; they will overcome them.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment in my life so far would be coming in fourth place in a tennis competition out of the whole of Botswana at the age of 11. My proudest accomplishment at Stanford would probably be surviving every day, juggling all my responsibilities and commitments.
Share a memorable moment during your time at Stanford Lake College…
I would honestly have to say making friends, specifically girl-friends. I am a socially awkward person, so it is quite an experience for me to try and make friends but also, throughout my primary school years, the majority of my friends were guys and I had probably 3 female friends. It is refreshing having more than 3 girl-friends now! A specific memorable moment during my time at Stanford would be when I watched my Matric Mentor’s Valediction. Seeing them close to leaving and already missing them made me realise how much someone / a group of people can have such a positive impact on my life in just the span of one year.
What are your hobbies?
Swimming, playing tennis, dancing and playing the piano.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Chadwick Boseman, Emma Watson, Serena Williams and my late grandfather (my dad’s father) as he passed before I was born.
What’s your favourite movie?
Either If I Stay, Wanted or Carrie.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I am quite boring so I have not done many daring things. I think the most daring thing I have done would either be deciding to start swimming because if I hadn’t made that decision, I wouldn’t have found my love and passion for it or deciding to ride on a quadbike without my parents’ permission then flipping over the driver and rolling down a hill.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
A wolf or dolphin.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m not exactly sure where I see myself. All I know right now is that I do not want to be in Botswana or South Africa or in Africa. I hope to have a stable job to keep me on my feet and I hope in 5 years I am happy with wherever I am and whatever I am doing.