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Lata Pursues Academic Goals And Work

As her daughter begins Year One at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School in Suva Irene Lata counts down to when her classes begin. Ms Lata said it was an exciting
26 Jan 2019 10:00
Lata Pursues Academic Goals And Work
Irene Lata after completing her enrolment at the Fiji National University, Nasinu Campus.

As her daughter begins Year One at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School in Suva Irene Lata counts down to when her classes begin.

Ms Lata said it was an exciting start to the year as she and her daughter had set academic goals to complete their respective first year of studies successfully.

“I am ready to begin my tertiary studies and I am determined to complete each year of study at FNU successfully,” Ms Lata said.

“I’m really grateful for the support from my husband and my family.”

The 26-year-old will pursue her Bachelor of Commerce (Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management and Management) degree at FNU’s College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS) at Nasinu Campus.

After leaving high school in 2009, she was unable to secure a scholarship to pursue her tertiary education in a Bachelor of Commerce programme due to the scholarship criteria.

Realising that she was unable to finance her tertiary education as a private student, she opted to enrol in a certificate course at FNU that would allow her to find employment and save funds for her studies.

“In 2010, I enrolled in Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at FNU. We were based at UniStudio Campus in Raiwai at the time. After successfully completing this course, I worked for a few hair salons in Suva and Nausori,” she said.

Ms Lata, originally from Baulevu, Nausori, currently works as a cashier at Rups Big Bear, Valelevu.

The younger of two siblings, said she chose to study at FNU because of its flexibility and provisions for working students.

“I know that FNU has the best interest of all students, even those already in the workforce but wish to upgrade their qualifications. I believe this is why they have evening classes, to cater for students like me,” Ms Lata said.

“I am glad all the three units which I will take this semester will be offered after work, which means I do not have to leave my job but concentrate on both studies and work.”

She encouraged other working students to join FNU to upgrade their qualifications.

Source: Fiji National University

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