For Rachael Josephine Chandra, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from The University of the South Pacific (USP) meant she could fulfil her childhood dream of protecting the environment.
She shared that one of her most notable accomplishments was winning the Certificate of Commendation in the National Essay Competition when she was in secondary school.
“In my essay, I stressed the importance of being environmentally friendly by using biodegradable plastics and switching to green energy to reduce the frequency of intense cyclones in the Pacific,” she added.
That achievement had become a watershed moment for her, influencing her decision to pursue environmental studies at USP.
Her enthusiasm for solving the issues degrading the environment and causing global climate change, particularly in the Pacific Islands, stemmed from her passion.
Rachael was elated after graduating, and she looks forward to her career.
“I want to thank my Lord Jesus for providing me with the strength and knowledge to complete the three years of study. My parents always encouraged and motivated me to do my best in school,” she said.
“I’d also like to thank my friends and family, who have always encouraged me to strive for more.”
She advised students to become enthusiastic about their studies, to never give up, and attend all lectures and tutorials.
Rachel said poor internet connections were a challenge for her when she switched to studying online in her third year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I missed some lectures due to poor network, but I watched the recordings of the missed lectures and caught up.”
The FMF National Gymnasium hosted the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean, and Natural Sciences SAGEONS graduation ceremony on May 12, 2022.