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Ms Arti Devi with her Masters degree after her graduation from Laucala Campus.

Arti Devi is a fine example of sheer determination, courage and sacrifice despite her disability.

In fact, if anything, she has used her disability to climb heights and soar.

Ms Devi graduated with a Master degree in Computing and Information during The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) second graduation at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva on 20 September 2018.

“It has been a great experience studying at USP and I love the fact that USP is accessible for students with disabilities like me making it easier for us to navigate our way around the campus,” she shared.

Ms Devi also highlighted that she graduated with undergraduate degree and her postgraduate diploma from USP as well.

She stated that before entering a lecture room she had to find out whether or not it is accessible and the fact that it is, has made life much easier.

Commenting on USP’s buddy system, Ms Devi said it is definitely a great initiative.

“Initially I did not know about it and I used to really struggle but now that we have such a system in place, I am so grateful to USP,” she said.

She also commended the Regional Disability Scholarship saying, “We cannot achieve everything like other normal people so we have to go at a slower pace”.

Speaking on the qualification given by USP, she said it was relevant because everything she was learning during her studies she had applied to her wok.

“I registered for the Computing Information System course after working as a data analyst,” she said.

Ms Devi added that graduating in the 50th anniversary year of the University will always be a memory.

She urged her colleagues with disability not to be discouraged by what other people think of them.

Ms Arti Devi is conferred her Masters degress by His Excellency Taneti Maamau, 25th Chancellor of USP.

“When you go for interviews do not feel bad that you have a disability, just ensure that when you come out they will forget that you have one! Keep applying for jobs even if you get rejected so many times,” she added.

Ms Devi acknowledged her parents, siblings and friends for believing in her.

“I am also very grateful to my managers and my employer for Coca Cola Amatil for employing me they are a great employer, for being understanding and for giving me extra hours for my studies during my Postgraduate and Masters journey,” she said.


This news item was published on 20 Sep 2018 04:24:17 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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