AFTER spending a year studying towards a science degree, Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre programme manager Travis Marshall, 32, was inspired to switch courses after a life-changing lecture by a male social worker at NMMU.
Male social workers are as rare as hen’s teeth but Travis enjoys working in a female- dominated environment and would not change a thing.
Travis took time out of his busy schedule to have lunch at Yiayias in Stanley Street. He had the Mediterranean dish moussaka (R75).
I like Yiayias because … I love Greek food.
The best thing about my career is … There is never a dull moment at the centre and working with youth forces a person to be creative in approaches to dealing with problems. It’s also very rewarding.
I’ll know I’ve made it when … I finally catch up with my filing!
The person who has taught me the most is … God has blessed me with wonderful parents that have always stood by me and encouraged me to do my best.
I have a soft spot for … I love children and will go out of my way to help them. I believe that the most rewarding thing a person can do is mentor a young person.
I should have studied … I think I got it right when I chose social work but sometimes I think I should have studied law or medicine because both degrees would be useful in my career.
I’d love to party with … Terry Pratchett. His writing is incredibly insightful and humorous.
I’m reading … Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
When I was 16, I wish I knew … That everything does not have to be perfect and you don’t have to know everything to succeed.
My music weakness is … ’60s and ’70s rock.
Nothing makes me happier than … Spending time with family and friends, particularly if there is a board game involved.
My favourite item of clothing is … An old jersey that I wear around the house.
I absolutely hate … Traffic.
I am saving to buy … A house.
I share my life with … God, family and friends.
I can’t go a day without … Bread! It’s my kryptonite.
My favourite places in the metro are … I love the restaurants and vibe of the Richmond Hill area. I am also a fan of the beautiful parks and beaches that the city has to offer.