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Dropout Makes Good, Tells Of Peer Pressure

Adi Asilike said her main motivation was to be an example to her two children and to show them the importance of education. Peer pressure made Adi Asilike Vucago lose
14 Oct 2018 15:34
Dropout Makes Good, Tells Of Peer Pressure
Adi Asilika Vucago (front/middle), with her family members after the prizegiving ceremony at Nabua Secondary School on October 12, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand

Adi Asilike said her main motivation was to be an example to her two children and to show them the importance of education.

Peer pressure made Adi Asilike Vucago lose interest in studies and drop out of school.

She got married a few years after dropping out and started a family.

Adi Asilike finally found work, but she said what she earned was never always enough to provide for her children despite working really hard.

It was then that she decided to go back to school. School just happened to be Nabua Secondary School’s Matua Programme.

On Friday, the 28-year-old living in Deuba Village, Serua, won the first prize for the science class in the programme’s prizegiving ceremony.

Adi Asilike said her main motivation was to be an example to her two children and to show them the importance of education.

“I worked in so many places but it did not cater for my family financially,” she said.

“I decided to come back last year with determination and with the only thoughts about the future of my children.”

Adi Asilike said she wanted her children to have the best life by fulfilling their needs and wants.

She said that she wants to be a veterinarian, but also has many other career options such as being a nurse.

“I am aiming for a scholarship at the Fiji National University,” she said.

Adi Asilike said she was happy with the achievement and did not believe she would be a topper in science because she had tough competition.

She thanked her husband, parents and siblings for their support.

“I would like to thank my husband for supporting me in all ways possible just for my studies to be completed,” she said.

“I think all my hard work and sacrifice finally paid off.

“I also would like to dedicate this award and success to my parents who believed in me, my older siblings and my two children for bearing with me these two years.”

Adi Asilike said she used to attend classes from 5pm to 8pm daily, which would be hard at times.

“The main key behind my success is that I usually used to arrive early and clarify things from my subject teachers if I did not understand the previous lecture,” she said.

Adi Asilike had advice for students and youths.

“Peer pressure is something which can affect teenagers easily and one has to be strong to get through it,” she said.

“I was in Form 6 when I decided to drop out of school and I regret dropping out, but I am back to correct my mistakes.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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