For student Sam Franicevic, achieving success is not simply about having a talent, but working hard to make the most of it.
At 19 years old, Franicevic already has some impressive achievements - and has his eyes are set on more to come.
He was Head Student at Hamilton Boys High School in 2013, and achieved outstanding marks before continuing on to the University of Waikato, where he is currently studying management.
Franicevic was awarded a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship in 2014 and has so far attained consistently high grades. He finished 2014 with four A+ grades and three A grades, and was recognised by Waikato Management School as one of its top students.
He has been invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, an international honours group that students in the top 15 per cent of their studies are invited into.
Franicevic's success is not a result just of talent but of hard work and determination.
“For me, being good academically is not a gift, but a goal to be reached,” he says. ”I believe in hard work, good training and coaching, and strong positive mindset.”
Franicevic has always set out to try many different things, and has a passion not just for studies but music as well. He has written electronic music, as well as composing film music and writing pieces for the guitar. His scholarship is in fact not for just for academic study, but creative technology and music as well.
He’s developed public speaking skills through his former role as Head Student, and now as a Student Ambassador at the University of Waikato.
Franicevic has a strong desire to show what can be achieved through setting goals and working towards them.
“Literally anything is achievable by anyone who simply believes they have what it takes.”
His positive approach toward achieving goals is something that inspires him, and is a message he is keen to share with others to ensure that they can see the results of determination and hard work.