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Double Gold for Naitasiri Graduate

Being the first to graduate from his maternal and pater­nal side is what makes Ratu Tevita Rarokolutu proud. The 25-year-old said his father has always been his inspiration. The former
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Double Gold for Naitasiri Graduate
Ratu Tevita Rarokolutu with his mother Savaira Navunivere and father Waisea Visagai Rarokolutu after the medal awards on March 20, 2018 at the University of the South Pacific. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Being the first to graduate from his maternal and pater­nal side is what makes Ratu Tevita Rarokolutu proud.

The 25-year-old said his father has always been his inspiration.

The former headboy of Nasinu Muslim College scooped two gold medals from the University of the South Pacific on Tuesday night:

n Gold medal and faculty of arts, law and education prize for the most outstanding graduate with a major in education; and

n Gold medal and Xerox Business Centre prize for the most outstand­ing graduate with a major in his­tory.

“When I was told that I will receive the two gold medals at the gradua­tion ceremony, I was really over­whelmed, I was really excited and honoured,” Ratu Tevita said.

“Firstly for me, it was the best graduation gift that I ever received, because it reflected my hard work for the past four years.”

He did a bachelor’s degree major­ing in history and geography and a Graduate Certificate in Education (GCEd).

“When I started my journey in 2013, life was not easy for me be­cause my father was a sole bread­winner for the family,” he said

“He didn’t earn much which in­spired me to be someone in life and not only that but being the eldest in the family, my parents will be de­pending on me.

“My dad always advises me to work hard in life and to be successful so before his retirement, I am able to look after my siblings’ education.

“My dad is a driver at one of the Government organisations. He’s not someone who sits in the office. He’s the one that sits at the car park and waits for people to take (transport). My mum stays home.”

He said his parents were emotional when he announced the good news about winning two gold medals. His dad is from Naitasiri while his mum hails from the Yasawa Group of Is­lands.

Ratu Tevita said: “I am doing this for the vanua and to be an inspira­tion to the many young people out there.

“School drop-outs, the single par­ent, children who are supported by a single bread winner. Remember an­yone can be successful. It requires hard work, determination and the support of parents to be successful in life.”

Ratu Tevita acknowledged all those in the various faculties at the university, friends and families who were part of his success.

He is now pursuing his Masters Degree under a full scholarship by the University of the South Pacific.

Next week he leaves for Germany for a masters exchange programme, representing USP for four months.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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