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Petite Best Female Cadet Devisha Proves Critics Wrong

Petite Best Female Cadet Devisha Proves Critics Wrong
Best female cadet, Devisha Rao (second from right), during the Gospel High School cadet passing out parade on July 21, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
July 22
11:00 2017

Devisha Rao might be short in height in the eyes of critics. But that didn’t stop her from receiving the Best Female Cadet award at Gospel High School’s cadet passing out parade yesterday.

“When the military instructors saw me at first, they kept asking me if I will be able to make it through the cadet training because of my height,” she said.

Taking into consideration the status of military instructors, Devisha, who is also the headgirl, refused to respond to such criticisms but instead chose to respect them.

“I respected their status and preferred not to answer them because they were my superiors but then I took it as a motivation.

“We should never respond to critics with words but prove them wrong through our actions.

“We don’t need to be disheartened when people are saying things about us but instead take it as a stepping stone to achieving great things in life.

“It is important to be obedient to our superiors, sometimes they may say things to us that aren’t nice to our ears but in one way they are trying to push us so that we bring out the best in us,” she said.

“If you can see during the parade I was one of the shortest girls and I also led a platoon, I just lost my voice from all the shouting,” she laughed.

With all the negative comments on her height, Devisha learned to take it from a positive perspective.

“For the last six years of taking part in the cadet pass out parade, this will be the second time for me to be given this award of best female cadet, I also received the same last year (2016),” she said.

The 18-year-old aims to study medicine.

“I hope to become a doctor in the future and maybe join the RFMF later,” she said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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