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Chand, 24, sets focus on graduation, internship

  Work hard to pursue your dreams and never lose track of where you came from. This was the message by Tongan citizen, 24-year-old Kunal Chand, who will graduate on
03 Dec 2018 11:44
Chand, 24,  sets focus on graduation, internship
From left: Vaisioa Mahe, Kunal Chand, Timote Fakasiieiki, Mele Mone and Lesieli Mahe at the Fiji National University Pre Graduation Dinner for DFAT students at Holiday Inn, Suva on November 30, 2018. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

 

Work hard to pursue your dreams and never lose track of where you came from.

This was the message by Tongan citizen, 24-year-old Kunal Chand, who will graduate on December 15 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the Fiji National University.

He was speaking at a pre-graduation dinner hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for all of their sponsored students at FNU at the Holiday Inn Suva on Friday.

Mr Chand was born in Suva, but raised in Tongatapu, Tonga.

His father is a retired carpenter while his mother is production manager at a chain of bakery stores in Tonga. He has an elder brother and a younger sister.

“My five-year journey to study in Fiji to become a dentist was pretty good,” said Mr Chand.

“I had a good set of tutors, supervisors and lecturers who made my tertiary education interesting.

“Since all of the students in my batch back in Tonga were opting for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBSS), I had one friend who was doing dentistry and encouraged me to do so.”

Studying in Fiji was not as challenging for him.

“Our allowances from DFAT were more than enough, but I did feel homesick often,” said Mr Chand.

“Living and studying here in Fiji is different from living in Tonga because there were many forms of entertainment here and it’s easy to lose track of our studies.

“So, it is important to know where we come from and what we are here for.”

Mr Chand said he would pursue postgraduate studies in oral surgery after graduating. He will complete his internship in Tonga.

Edited by Epineri Vula  

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