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Dancing Graduate Reveals Long, Sad and Emotional Story of Success

Isireli Vakamino was in a mood to dance and be happy as he showed his joy after graduating at the FMF Gymnasium yesterday. The Fiji National University Stu­dent said he
05 May 2018 11:00
Dancing Graduate Reveals Long, Sad and Emotional Story of Success
Isireli Vakamino flanked by his parents Etuate Vakamino and Vasiti Vakamino after his graduation at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva on May 4, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Isireli Vakamino was in a mood to dance and be happy as he showed his joy after graduating at the FMF Gymnasium yesterday.

The Fiji National University Stu­dent said he could no longer hold his joy and with tears, he said: “I made it”.

He graduated with a Bachelor in Secondary Education.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun, Mr Vaka­moni said his story of success was a long, sad and emotional one.

The former Nasinu Secondary Student said after high school he joined FNU Lautoka Campus in 2011 pursuing his B.Ed Course.

“On the third trimester of my second year, my family could not afford to pay for my school fees,” he said.

 

“I was told by my father to come back to the village because of fi­nancial constraints.”

Mr Vakamino hails from Tawake Village in Udu Point, Vanua Levu.

“There are four of us and as the only guy in the family; I told my fa­ther that I will leave school to look after my sisters’ education.

“Unfortunately, the youngest died when she was in class six so I had to make sure my other two sisters graduated.”

He said he was supporting his sis­ters until they were both married.

“After three years of being a Yaqo­na farmer, I then decided to com­plete my education from where I stopped,” he said.

He was back in school in 2016.

“I can say I am the happiest stu­dent today and I thank the Lord for his provisions.

“It was not an easy road for me, but I believe that God will lift us up if we humble ourselves.

“But success comes after strug­gles.

“Till today, my family came all the way from Udu Point to witness my success and celebrate with me.”

Mr Vakamino dedicated his suc­cess to his parents, family and rela­tives.

“I wouldn’t be here without the support from my family and rela­tives and today, it has ended on a hill top.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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