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Honours Student Thanks Those Who Helped Raise Her

Twenty-six-year-old Josann Pene could not hold back her tears when she graduated with honours yesterday. Ms Pene, from Rotuma, was among 1680 students from the University of the South Pacific,
01 Apr 2017 14:15
Honours Student Thanks Those Who Helped Raise Her
The Pene family from left: Francine, Rosie, Josann, Wise and Aggie during the graduation yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Twenty-six-year-old Josann Pene could not hold back her tears when she graduated with honours yesterday.

Ms Pene, from Rotuma, was among 1680 students from the University of the South Pacific, who graduated at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

She said she missed her mother on her special day.

“Today I had everyone here with me for my special day except for my mother.

“She passed away when I was in Class Two, but my aunt and dad took care of everything.

“I have my three aunts, who did everything a mother would do, but it still made me miss my mother a lot.

“Going through life without my mother was never easy. It was never a smooth journey for me and my siblings.

“I had encountered a lot of difficulties, but it kind of helped me push myself to the furthest I could, to achieve the goals that I had set.

“I was born as a premature baby at six months and the doctors had told my mother that I would not live more than a year.

“But it was my mother who never lost hope and kept on praying for me to get to where I am today,” Ms Pene said.

She said her journey was a big struggle as she had difficulties reading and writing until she was in Year Four.

“My teacher had worked extra hard and sacrificed his time to teach me how to read and write.

“To him, I am forever grateful I learned so much and overcame the difficulties of studying.

“When my university journey started, I faced difficulties then, as well in the transition from high school to a university.

“It was very different and I definitely will not forget the struggles I encountered as a university student. I did not have proper materials to study and most of my time I had to spend in the library and at university to finish my assessments or other projects due to lack of materials.

“I had cried almost every night and felt like giving up. But I told myself I cannot give up.

“And these things never stopped me from losing hope and keep on going,” Ms Pene said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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