Chew­ing Gum Helps Adi Sala To Fo­cus On Stud­ies

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MON­ICA AGUILAR Edited by Caroline Ratu­cadra Feed­back: mon­ica.aguilar@fi­

Where there are dis­trac­tions, Adi Sala­malawa Korosaya says, she chews gum to help her fo­cus on her study.

She re­vealed her study habits af­ter she won the Dux shield at the Holy Trin­ity Angli­can School’s prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day at the Suva Civic Cen­tre. “I study when there is not a lot of noise around the house and the only way I re­mem­ber things is through chew­ing gum,” she said. Her bright smile lit up the room as she ex­pressed how glad she felt about her awards.

“I also feel emo­tional be­cause this is my last year in pri­mary school,” she said. Adi Sala­malawa is brought up in a fam­ily that fol­lows strict Chris­tian val­ues and al­ways em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of putting God first.

“The great­est chal­lenge I faced was to bal­ance time at school, sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by the school,” she said.

“I could not con­cen­trate at school but my par­ents al­ways en­cour­aged me to keep mov­ing for­ward de­spite the chal­lenges that I face.”

The 13-year-old girl paid trib­ute to her par­ents for her suc­cess be­cause they had al­ways been there for her. “When­ever I ex­pe­ri­ence chal­lenges in life, they are al­ways there to sup­port me and that is the rea­son why I had to work hard to live up to their ex­pec­ta­tions,” she said. She al­most gave up on her hobby to play net­ball dur­ing the first term of this school year. “I had trou­ble bal­anc­ing my school work so I told my par­ents that I wanted to give it up but they ad­vised me not to be­cause in that way, I will be able to work harder and bal­ance my time,” she said. She ad­vises young peo­ple that if they want to be­come the Dux, then they would have to work hard and learn what to pri­ori­tise in life.

Photo: Mon­ica Aguilar

Holy Trin­ity Dux Adi Sala­malawa Korosaya with par­ents af­ter yes­ter­day’s school grad­u­a­tion.

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