Two local Solomon Islands student has graduated with Masters Degree at the Australian National University College (ANU), Canberra Friday.
They are Caroline Laore and Annie Kwai.
Laore graduated with a Masters in Social Research while Kwai with a Masters of Arts with Honours in History.
Speaking to Sunday Star from Canberra Ms Kwai said “it was a feeling of excitement, satisfaction and accomplishment” after receiving her Master level over the weekend.
“All the hard work, sleepless nights and struggles now paid off,” she said.
Asked what she plans to do when she returns, she said “there are no plans of immediate significance in the next two years but I am considering PhD after this”.
Ms Kwai who specializes in WWII history of the Solomon Islands said that she will be contributing to the best of her ability in her work in the country.
“I am specializing in WWII history of the Solomon Islands and will be contributing to the best of my ability in my work.
“My scholarship was funded by the Australian Government through AusAid as a support towards the ‘educational outreach program’ of the Pride of Our Nation – Solomon Scouts & Coast watchers Memorial Trust.
“I am now the Executive Officer of the Trust with a vision to develop a national identity, a shared spirit and pride in our nation, Solomon Islands.
“To achieve this, Solomon Islanders needs to be aware of the heroic services of Solomon Scouts and Coast watchers during World War II; a sense of pride and inspiration to serve their country and its future will be created.
“I am very passionate about this and will do it wholeheartedly as my part in contributing towards the development on our nation, Solomon Islands,” she echoed.
Meanwhile, she encourages students to be faithful in whatever they do in order to reach new academic heights.
“Every hard-work pays off at the end. Team yourself with the right people who will inspire you to focus on the purpose of your studies.
“Set your mind on the goal and do the best you can,” she said.
Attending the graduation ceremony was Solomon Islands acting High Commissioner Jen Barile.
The ceremony ended with a gathering hosted by the high commissioner at the high commission office in Canberra which was attended by other SI students and the SI Canberra community.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO