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Students Aspire for a Bright Future

Students Aspire for a Bright Future
Leone Macanalagi, 18, (left), and Manasa Seniloli, 18, of St Vincents College at the FNU Open Day at the Nasinu Campus on July 20, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
July 30
12:20 2017

Fiji National University Nasinu Campus came alive during its two-day Open Day ca­reers expo last week. Thousands of senior secondary school students took advantage of the day, taking in the many different career paths open to them after high school.

The Fiji Sun was able to catch up with two stu­dents from Rishikul Sanatan College and another two from St Vincent College to get their views of the Open Day.

Rishkul’s Annabelle and Maria

Eighteen-year-olds Annabelle Salusalu, who is originally from Nakadrovo, and Maria Baratepa, from Rabi, are two Rishikul Sanatan College stu­dents who both found the Open Day to be an excit­ing event.

“It’s very interesting and productive in a way that’s not academic, but in a fun way,” Ms Salusa­lu said.

“Yes, they did it in a way that appeals to us,” Ms Baratepa said.

Both students said the Open Day had given them a great deal to think about in terms of future ca­reers paths.

Ms Salusalu said: “The medicine field made a big impression on me.”

When asked about what careers they are consid­ering, both students agreed that it was too diffi­cult to decide at the moment, saying that many of the career options were quite appeal.

As for the Open Day, they agreed that it plays a strong role in showing many senior students what to look for in a career path.


“It should continue because a lot of Form Seven students are doubtful,” Ms Baratepa said.

“This programme will help them decide,” Ms Salusalu added.

“Students to should take advantage of this (Open Day) because there are a lot of professionals here to help you out,” Ms Salusalu said.

“And when they come, they should make use of it and ask questions cause the professionals will help them out,” Ms Baratepa added.

St Vincent’s Leone and Manasa

Among the many thousands of young men and women at the Open Day, were Leone Macanalagi, 18, and Manasa Seniloli, 18, from St Vincent’s Col­lege in Natovi, Tailevu.

Coming off a little shy at first, both young men showed an apparent appreciation for what FNU was doing for secondary school students.

“Its very educational,” Mr Seniloli said.

“Really good,” Mr Macanalagi added.

When asked about their future careers, both stu­dents said they were still considering things at this stage. They also advised other young people their own age to take advantage of the Open Day to help decide their futures.

General mood of students

The feeling of the day could easily be summed up with one word – enthusiasm.

These young minds showed an overall desire to learn about future careers paths looking at the many choices set out before them.

Various options from the creative arts to medi­cal training to working in the agriculture sector and so much more, generated a great deal of in­terest among the many young people at the event.


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