Robert matriculated in 2009 and was accepted at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he did a BSc majoring in Geology and Ecology/Evolution, graduating in 2013 with the class medal in Geology.
In 2014 when he completed his Honours Degree in Geology at UCT, he was named Best Geology Honours Student and Best Student Research at the Palaeontological Society of South Africa (PSSA) Biennial Conference. He is presently in the first year of a 2-year MSc in Geology and a scientific research paper of his has been accepted for publication. His research is focused on determining the age of the Kirkwood Formation (a group of rocks found in the Western and Eastern Cape and the very rocks upon which Oakhill school stands!
Robert says that he is doing something that he really likes. “It was always important to me that I enjoy the things I spend a lot of time on,” he says.
He has not yet decided what he wants to do when he has finished studying. “I may work in exploration geology or stay in academics. Both these options involve a fair amount of travelling which is important to me.”
He credits Oakhill for teaching him not to accept things just because they are the norm, but to be critical first. “These critical thinking skills are useful in the sciences,” says Robert.
“A memory from school that comes to mind, and I would like to share, is PeeBee telling me not to become a ‘Yes Man’. He was a great teacher.”
In his spare time Robert enjoys playing tennis, hiking and playing DotA.