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Hard work pays

Torika Tokalau
Monday, April 28, 2014

SHE is 17 years old and already has a diploma in Information Technology and Networking.

Ledua Sotia Kolinisau, a former Ratu Sukuna Memorial School student, began studying part-time at the Fiji National University when she was a fourth former.

"It was a decision I made, I wanted to study at FNU while I was still at high school because I wanted to be able to support my family when I left high school," Kolinisau said.

"It hasn't been easy, there are times I wanted to give up but my motivation has always been my family and their strong support is what kept me going."

She would finish school at RSMS at 4pm, rush home and prepare for her FNU classes which began at 5pm and ended at 8:30pm every weekday.

This was a routine she kept to for two years and she finally reaped the rewards yesterday when she graduated.

"I feel really proud of myself with what I have accomplished. I am now looking around for a job and hopefully I will find one and support my family.

"If I can do it, I know everybody else can. I hope my achievement encourages students in high school, especially iTaukei students. Now is not the time to be idle but to work very hard on your education and your future."

Her mother Unaisi Kolinisau said they were proud of her achievement and her sacrifice.


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