Use tough sit­u­a­tions as mo­ti­va­tion: Azam

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Ev­ery tough sit­u­a­tion we face in life should be a mo­ti­va­tion to reach our dream, says Azam Abi Mo­hammed Qadir Khan. The 27-year-old from Nadi was awarded the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific’s Vice Chan­cel­lor’s All Rounder Prize last night. He will be grad­u­at­ing to­mor­row with a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce ma­jor­ing in Ho­tel Man­age­ment. “Young peo­ple tend to go through tough and painful mo­ments in life for the wrong de­ci­sion they had made or peo­ple’s neg­a­tiv­ity. It comes to a point they feel like giv­ing up on life.

“Use that tough sit­u­a­tion or peo­ple’s neg­a­tiv­ity as a mo­ti­va­tion to in­di­cate that no mat­ter how bad the sit­u­a­tion is, you man­age to stand up and reach your goal.

“Achiev­ing greater things in life is the only way to prove peo­ple wrong and change how peo­ple look at you. It is all about be­ing strong and not giv­ing up,” he said. The for­mer Bris­bane Boys Col­lege stu­dent from Aus­tralia also thanked his par­ents for his up­bring­ing. “I was very for­tu­nate that my fam­ily had a very suc­cess­ful fam­ily busi­ness. My par­ents pro­vided ev­ery­thing I needed to suc­ceed and the val­ues my father taught me are some­thing that has car­ried me till to­day. “I know that I have made my par­ents proud tonight. I thank them for their end­less sup­port and this is the least I can do for them to make them happy and to see that their hard work had not been put into waste.” Azam said his big­gest chal­lenge was be­ing far away from home. “The other chal­lenge was stay­ing up late nights to com­plete as­sign­ments; but it was all worth the strug­gle,” he said. Azam said plans to work at his fam­ily ho­tel af­ter com­plet­ing his stud­ies and wants to take their brand to the new level. USP Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Ra­jesh Chan­dra said he was de­lighted that 55 per cent of the award re­cip­i­ents were fe­male. He said this was a one per cent in­crease com­pared to last year. “This is a pro­gres­sive num­ber for women from this re­gion and I am pleased to say that USP is do­ing its part in en­sur­ing full par­tic­i­pa­tion of women and girls in the area of higher education,” he said. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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