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Devi Attributes Success To Parents Struggles, First Gold Medalist For Family

Ms Devi said her parents were her role model and she wouldn’t be achieving the Gold Medal if it wasn’t for them.
11 Apr 2019 17:32
Devi Attributes Success To Parents Struggles, First Gold Medalist For Family
Sanjeeta Shalini Devi with her Gold Medal on March 30, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula

Her parent’s struggles drove Sanjeeta Shalini Devi to achieve what no one in her family has done.

The 28-year-old Labasa lass was awarded the Gold Medal for the Umanand Prasad School of Medicine & Health Science Department Medal Award for the outstanding student in the Bachelor of Nursing Post Registration (In-Services) programme.

She graduated from the University of Fiji with a Bachelor of Nursing Post Registration (In-Services) in December 2018 but on Friday she received her Gold Medal.

Ms Devi said her parents were her role model and she wouldn’t be achieving the Gold Medal if it wasn’t for them.

“I left Labasa in 2010 to come to Suva to study nursing.

“It was hard for me to leave my parents behind since I am an only child but I know I have to so that I can give them a better life,” Ms Devi said.

“My father and mother stay home now. My dad used to work for Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) as an electrician. I hardly go home but I send money to my parents.

“I was lucky that I received Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) scholarship and I was able to study Diploma in Nursing. I worked hard and graduated.

“I knew that education was the only weapon that I can use to give a better life for my parents and I.

“One thing I have learned is that people come and go in my life but knowledge will always remain.

“In 2016, I was lucky to have received NZ Aid scholarship. I am a registered nurse at St Giles Hospital.

“I did my Bachelor while I was working. I paid my own fees as I did not want to burden my parents. I worked in the morning as a nurse and was having afternoon classes after work.

“ItwashardbutIknewthatIhadtodoit for my own sake.”

Ms Devi said challenges she faced has made her stronger.

“I had to struggle but I knew that in order to achieve I needed to sacrifice. My parents worry about me since I am in Suva alone. I am close to my parents and I miss them every day,” she said.

She acknowledged the support from her immediate family and all those that played a part in her success.

“I want to thank my parents for their continuous support. I promised them that I would make them proud and I believe that

this is the day and there will be more. I want to thank everyone that has helped me to reach this far in my life.

“I am doing my Post grad Certificate in Mental Health and currently on official release to study.

Ms Devi said her favorite quote is “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

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