COMING from a community constantly affected by flash floods, Deepika Shivashni Nadan wants to be the voice that puts the spotlight on an issue which has brought tragedy and heartbreak.
"I live in Lovu and one of the things that always affects us is flooding," she said.
"During last year's floods, we were one of the many badly affected communities."
Sponsored by Formscaff, the 20-year-old said an issue of concern was the slow response from the authorities after a natural disaster.
"I know some people who have yet to receive supplies like hardware," she said.
"It's something that needs to be addressed because some people are getting help when they don't need it while the ones who do need it are not being assisted."
She said there was a need for community elders and the authorities to work together after a disaster to avoid these types of things happening.
A student at the Fiji National University, the former Drasa Secondary School girl was inspired by her mother to chase her dreams.
"She's one person that I look to for guidance and someone who I know will always be there for me when I need her," Ms Nadan said.
Speaking of her experience as a contestant in the University of Fiji Sugar Festival, she said it had been life-changing.
"I've become real good friends with most of the girls and just being part of the festival has been really great for me.
"I think this stage has allowed us to advocate for things we truly believe in."