Kini’s strong spirit pre­vails

She was the lone fe­male in her field of stud­ies

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LI­TIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI Edited by Manasa Kalouniv­iti Feed­back: li­tia.tiko­mailepanoni@ fi­jisun.com.fj

Be­ing the lone fe­male in her field of study failed to dampen Kin­isimere Qaseni­valu’s spirit.

The 21-year-old’s dreams came true af­ter she grad­u­ated with a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Au­to­mo­tive Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics (Level II) at the Fiji Tech­ni­cal Col­lege’s Dr Shaukat Ali Sahib Cam­pus in Nadi on Fri­day. Ms Qaseni­valu said she was ‘over the moon’ af­ter grad­u­at­ing. She com­pleted her pro­gramme from the Nabua Sanatan Cam­pus in Suva. “I am so happy to­day; my sib­lings took on of­fice jobs, but I al­ways wanted to be the unique one out of the fam­ily be­cause this field is in­ter­est­ing,” the Bureta, Ovalau na­tive said. “I went to Kal­abu Sec­ondary School and reached only Year 12 so when I heard about the tech­ni­cal col­lege I de­cided to en­rol. I had th­ese on­go­ing urges about im­prov­ing my ca­reer op­tions so I had to have a go at school once again.” She thanked her par­ents who had sup­ported her all the way through. “When I told them I wanted to do this course they backed me up which was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing,” she said. Her proud mum, Rai­jieli Qase said it was a proud and joy­ful day for them. “It is a mov­ing day for me and my hus­band to see her grad­u­ate; we are so proud of her and her achieve­ments,” Ms Qase said. Her dad Luke Qase, 65, said: “We are so happy and we’ll keep sup­port­ing her be­cause she is ful­fill­ing her dreams.”

Photo: Li­tia Tiko­mailepanoni

Grad­u­ate Kin­isimere Qaseni­valu with mother, Rai­jeli Qase (left), and dad Luke Qase af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Fiji Tech­ni­cal Col­lege with a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate II in Au­to­mo­tive Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic on Fri­day.

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