Bursary Recipient Spotlight: Joshua Links
We spoke with Joshua Links, one of the 17 Westerford High School students to have received a partial bursary from Omnisient. Here’s a summary of what we learned about this dedicated, friendly, and affable grade 10 High School student with a passion for acting and an emerging interest in IT.
Joshua loves acting. A love he first felt in Primary School and one that has been fueled by the adrenaline rush he experiences when performing on stage before a large audience.
Joshua recently felt this adrenaline rush performing one of the lead roles in the recent Westerford High School production of “District Six”, which left a lasting impression on him of the importance of building a sense of community.
Joshua confides that he has learned some valuable life skills from acting and from his Drama teacher, Mrs. Brown, such as how to be more confident in front of large audiences and the importance of using his body and voice effectively. These skills have not only enhanced his acting abilities but also equipped him with tools for effective communication and self-expression in various aspects of life.
While contemplating his future, Joshua hopes to pursue a degree in Drama at the University of Cape Town and pursuing an acting career either in South Africa or abroad. Although acting is his passion, he also acknowledges the increasing importance of technology and is receptive to a pursuing career in IT, because he enjoys the feeling of satisfaction he gets from creating something “cool” from code.
When asked about his time at Westerford High School, Joshua expresses gratitude to be able to attend a school that’s as diverse as Westerford High School and that provides its students with the opportunity to study Drama as a subject. He also appreciates the school’s principal whom he refers to as “lekker”, because he is always inclusive and plays his part in supporting students by attending all school sports matches.
When Joshua is not acting or studying, he enjoys playing soccer and video games, and reading, particularly the Bible.