Students Graduate In New Normal Era

The studies were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The students were plunged into a new reality of doing things.
29 Oct 2021 18:05
Students Graduate In New Normal Era
Maureen Chand, Vishneel Chand. Komal Rashel Maher and Rahul Prakash.. Photo: Leon Lord

The feeling of accomplishment and success is boundless when a degree or a diploma from the University of the South Pacific is achieved.

For many students, it showed the culmination of hard work and sacrifice. The joy was seamless.

The studies were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The students were plunged into a new reality of doing things.

Hard work and sacrifice has seen them through.


Komel Reshal Maher

The 23-year-old from Pacific Harbour graduated with a Bachelor in Commerce in Hotel Management.

“Everything was different and difficult at first, but as time went by, I got used to the new way of studying,” she said.

“I motivated myself and pushed myself to finish my studies.

“Now the focus is getting employment and then do my postgraduate studies in climate change and its effect on tourism.”

Ms Maher said it was a special moment when she received her papers. She said she didn’t mind not having a large graduation.


Rahul Prakash

Mr Prakash, 36, took a step in his list of achievements as he finished his Masters in Business Administration.

He is already a chartered accountant, a very successful poultry farmer and the family has a restaurant business.

Mr Prakash said he finished his studies part time while focusing on his business.

He said this was a notch up for him and he looked forward to the future.

“We came from very humble beginnings. I have never forgotten how hard my parents worked to get to where we are today,” he said.

“In anything I do, I keep my discipline and give it my best.”


Brother and sister

Vishneel and Maureen Chand both received their graduation papers together earlier this month.

Vishneel attained a Bachelors in Commerce in Tourism and Hospitality from USP while his younger sibling finished with a Diploma in Culinary Arts and Management Level Five through the USP TAFE programme.

“We are both happy that we have successfully finished what he had set out to do. This is a special and momentous time for our family,” he said.

“Things are looking bright. Hotels are opening and international travel will start soon as well. We look forward to the opportunities it would provide for us.”



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