Mareli got involved in a student organization called Vividus Day House. Escaping the box she couldn't fit into, she made a lot of friends and blossomed. By the end of her first year at the University of Pretoria, she was elected as Sport Executive Committee Member of Vividus Day House which earned her the responsibility of coördinating all sport-related activities. She grew tremendously and gained a lot of valuable organizational experience. By this time Vividus Day House had grown so big, boasting more than 1000 members, that the men and ladies had to split into two separate Day Houses.
The following year, Mareli pushed herself even further and was elected as Chairwoman (Primaria) of the biggest Ladies Day House in South Africa, Vividus Ladies Day House, boasting more than 700 members during 2008. This role stretched her comfort zone even further and helped her turn some of her greatest fears and weaknesses into strengths: public speaking and business management. The same year she co-scripted and hosted a few episodes of "MK Kampus", a popular South African television show on DSTV. Huge accomplishment for someone who was previously very shy and insecure.
Mareli's story certainly doesn't end here and you can expect even greater things from her in the future. Connect with Mareli and join her journey on social media: