21-year-old Grace Cakau from Kadavu has been recognised as the most exceptional first-year Business and Management student for 2022, by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Business Management together with five others of her classmates.
The best thing about this achievement for Ms Grace is having her twin sister as one of the other five students recognised for their hard work in their first year of undergrad studies, all scoring a grade point average (GPA) of over 4.0.
Head of School of Business and Management (SBM) Professor Gurmeet Singh said, “coming to university can be very daunting for some and for the students being recognised, they have surpassed their fellow students and many expectations to be at the top of their class after their first-year last year.”
Professor Gurmeet said to the students, “The long hours and sleepless nights you spent studying, I can guarantee you now that it does pay off. This is a time to take in your university experience. The deadlines, the assignments, exams, and you all worked hard to put in your best effort; I congratulate each one of you.”
“The lecturers, tutors, teaching assistants, and staff who have worked tirelessly to help students achieve the best results, thank you for your patience and perseverance,” he added.
Most outstanding first-year student, Ms Grace Cakau said, my twin sister and I are blessed to have each other; we have devised a plan to keep each other accountable in relation to our studies.”
“Our parents are in the west for work, and they don’t know we are being awarded outstanding first-year students, but this is a great achievement, and we want to encourage other students also that they can also be recognised; all it takes is discipline and hard work.”
Shyval Navishek Ram, Natasha Jacintha Prasad and Sharonika Shristi Naidu were the other students who were awarded for their outstanding academic performance in their first year of studies at the School of Business and Management Awards.