Nand over­comes tough chal­lenges

Fiji Sun - - Nation - CHRIS­TINE NIKOLA Feed­back: chris­tine.nikola@fi­ Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

Kar­ishma Nand re­mem­bers life was tough at the Vatuk­oula Gold Mines when her fa­ther lost his job. She was in Year 8 and they had to strug­gle as a fam­ily to sur­vive. That’s his­tory now as Ms Nand, 22, yes­ter­day grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor’s in Com­merce ma­jor­ing in Ac­count­ing and Eco­nom­ics at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific. She ded­i­cated her suc­cess to her par­ents. She said life was dif­fi­cult when her fa­ther, Satish Nand, 54, lost his job. “I worked re­ally hard that year to get a Multi-Eth­nic schol­ar­ship to loosen the fi­nan­cial bur­den from my par­ents,” she said. “When I got my schol­ar­ship, my fam­ily was happy for me and I was ex­cited to ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in­de­pen­dently.” Ms Nand, who is from Toko Vil­lage in Tavua, said univer­sity life had its share of chal­lenges. “I had dif­fi­cul­ties with my ac­count­ing course and I’m thank­ful to the tu­tors and the learn­ing sup­port cen­tre in USP for mak­ing sense of lec­tures,” she said.

Photo: Chris­tine Nikola

The Pasi­fika Voices choir singing at the USP grad­u­a­tion at the Voda­fone Arena in Suva yes­ter­day.

Photo: Chris­tine Nikola

Kar­ishma Nand at the USP grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Suva yes­ter­day.

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