HE lost his mum two years ago but that did not deter 25-year-old Nacanieli Nasovu from achieving what his late mum, Siteri Vakaema wanted him to become — a nurse.
Mr Nasovu was among 54 graduates who received their Diploma in Nursing from the Sangam Institute of Technology School of Nursing in Labasa yesterday.
For the soft-spoken Nawaka lad from Nadi, the continuous support from his family after the death of his mum is what brought him through the difficult days of studying.
Being the youngest of five children, Mr Nasovu said he had never been so proud in his life and only wished his mother was alive to witness his success.
"It has been a long rough ride for me but I thank my families and friends for their support during the years, especially in the first semester of 2010 when I lost my mum," he said.
"After all has been said and done it takes sacrifice and determination to achieve anything and something that had kept me going was thinking of my family back in Nadi, knowing that my mother will be so proud of me.
"I had planned to delve into the medical field as part of my education career but I did not ever picture myself as a nurse.
"To have come this far, I am grateful to God and my family for their never-ending support."
Mr Nasovu believes the nursing profession is a calling that involves caring and helping the sick.
He was awarded the highest aggregate in integrated nursing paper 2 in the qualifying registration examination with fellow student Sheetal Shivani.