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Being A Mum, A Nurse, Does Not Hinder Mereoni From Holding A Degree

  Being a mother to five children has not hindered 43-year-old Mereoni Korovavale from graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing from the Fiji National University in Labasa yesterday. Mrs Korovavale
20 Dec 2018 10:00
Being A Mum, A Nurse, Does Not Hinder Mereoni From Holding A Degree
Fiji National University graduating students at Civic Center Labasa on December 19, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

 

Being a mother to five children has not hindered 43-year-old Mereoni Korovavale from graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing from the Fiji National University in Labasa yesterday.

Mrs Korovavale said that being a mother and being a student was not an easy job for her.

“I had to take out time for my family and for my classes,” she said.

Ms Korovavale, who is a nurse at the Labasa Hospital said that she always wanted to attain a degree and had thought long and hard about it.

“I had been thinking about it and it was my husband who motivated me to study further,” she said.

“Age and family was not going to be a barrier as I had the full support of my husband and my children.”

She said she would stay up at night to study and to prepare for her exams.

Mrs Korovavale said that juggling between work and family also demanded a lot of patience and hard work.

“I was determined to graduate,” she said.

Her daughter, Salome Korovavale, 15, said that seeing her mother balance family time with studies was something that she would never forget.

“I’m so proud of her for waking up late nights and studying and doing her assignments. My mother is an inspiration to me,” she said.

 

Commissioner Northern Speaks to graduates

Getting an education is just not about getting a degree, but it is about having an informed mind in searching and learning the ways of others.

Commissioner Northern, Joseva Vocea echoed this message to the 91 graduates of the Fiji National University’s (FNU) in Labasa.

“Thriving in adversity is your personal strength,” he said.

“The best education becomes useless without kindness and compassion,” said Mr Vocea.

Mr Vocea said that it was imperative that graduates captured a holistic approach to things in order to move forward with their everyday life.

“If you treat everyone with dignity and consideration, you will have vitals to move forward in life,” he said.

He urged graduates to be role models in assimilating practical knowledge into the workforce in order to reflect on the teachings at FNU.

“Create new images and a brand for yourselves so that you will remain competitive and also contribute towards the marketing of the Fijian brand,” said Mr Vocea.

A total of 91 students graduated at Civic Center in Labasa yesterday.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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