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Believe In Second Chances, Work Hard, Says New Lawyer

“As a young mum and raising my children was hard, but I had the support from my family, especially my father and husband,” Mrs Ratulevu said.
11 Apr 2021 10:30
Believe In Second Chances, Work Hard, Says New Lawyer
Ela Ratulevu with her family in Suva on April 9, 2021 Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

Finding time to study law while raising children is not easy, says new lawyer Ela Ratulevu.

But Mrs Ratulevu did not see this as an obstacle to set her off her dream career.

She was among 19 other students from the University of Fiji that were admitted to the bar on Friday as legal practitioners.

The 31-year-old who hails from Levukana Village in Vanuabalavu reminisced on the struggles she faced and how she overcame them all.

“As a young mum and raising my children was hard, but I had the support from my family, especially my father and husband,” Mrs Ratulevu said.

“I was a stay-at-home mum when I decided to study because I wanted to give my sons a life that they deserve.”

She said many who knew her doubted her capabilities to pursue a law degree, especially after having children.

“There were a lot of people who did not believe that I could do it and questioned me why I decided to go back to school when I was a mother; I am glad that I proved them wrong,” Mrs Ratulevu shared.

“I became a mother at a young age, but that did not stop me from giving myself a second chance.”

Mrs Ratulevu acknowledged her parents support and love over the years especially their silent prayers.

“My husband is in the United Kingdom and could not make it too due to COVID-19 restrictions,” she said.

She said her journey was not an easy one, but was glad that she chose never to give up.

“I would like to thank the Ratulevu family who accepted me, especially my pursuit for higher education, especially my mother-in-law, Amelia Ratulevu, for always supporting me with the care of my children while I attended classes.

Her advice to young mothers: “Never listen to people who think that you cannot pursue further studies just because you have children. Your children should be the reason you strive,” Mrs Ratulevu added.

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