‘Sky is your limit’
‘‘Believe in yourself, the sky is the limit if you are prepared to make sacrifices’’, was the message delivered to a group of year 12 and 13 Porirua College science students by Fijian medical student Ron Manulevu on July 6.
Ron is a third-year medical student studying at Auckland University. He graduated from Otago University with bachelor of science and master of science degrees and then took a policy job before deciding to pursue his long-term dream of becoming a doctor.
A former Aotea College boy, he returns home to spend time with his family, as well as do part-time work, during the holidays.
‘‘ My dad passed away unexpectedly in 2007 and it made me realise you never know what the future holds. My parents sacrificed a lot, they put me on the right path and I want to make them proud,’’ Ron told the Porirua College students.
He and his colleague from the Ministry of Health, Jonathan Malifa, were invited to address the students as part of Partners Porirua’s ‘‘Futures in Health’’ programme. The programme aims to motivate students and make them aware of the range of career opportunities in the health sector.
Jonathan spoke about other opportunities to further studies, saying he was in the process of working and studying education and policy, part time.
Partners Porirua manager Michelle Robinson said this was a fantastic opportunity for the college students to talk to other young people from their community, and the career pathways they are taking.
‘‘Many of the young people we work with do not realise their true potential. Often they have a limited vision about what the future can hold for them. Partners Porirua is all about developing our youth and assisting them to make good career choices.’’
Offering advice: Ron Manulevu, back left, and Jonathan Malifa, back right, with the Porirua College science students they spoke to recently.