JUNIOR Abraham, a graduate trainee with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, has urged young people to put God first and never lose hope.
Abraham, 24, is from Lanemanda village in the Tsak local level government, Wapenamanda district, Enga.
He started his education in 2002 when he enrolled into elementary school.
Abraham did grades 3 to 6 at Kwia Primary School in Wapenamanda.
However, due to several personal issues, he was transferred to Wapenamanda Primary School to do grades 7 and 8.
He passed out from Wapenamanda Primary in 2010 after completing his primary education.
Abraham was selected to Wapenamanda Foursquare Secondary School for grades 9 and 10.
“In 2012, due to election-related problems, I withdrew from studies while doing grade 10,” he said.
“In 2013, I re-enrolled and completed my grade 10.
“I was selected to Aiyura National High School to do my grade 11 and 12 in 2014.
“As a young man, I was not able to cope with a few situations there so I had to get a transfer and went back to Foursquare Secondary and completed my studies.
“I took up social science, majoring in economics and accounting.
Abraham said while in secondary school, he wanted be an accountant.
He applied to Divine Word University at the end of grade 12 and was selected for an undergraduate programme in the business studies and accountancy department.
The journey, however, was not an easy one for Abraham.
“Many have their own stories to tell but for me, I have come a long way with my father’s support,” Abraham said.
“ It’s a blessing to me and I thank God, all the hard work paid off with this great opportunity.”
“When I did my second year, I lost my father after a short illness during the middle of the first semester.
“This really pulled me down.
“Days turned miserable and I could hardly settle doing my school work.
“I spent a few times to pray to God seeking strength.
“As the days went by, I recovered slowly from my emotional trauma.
“However, through the grace of God, I successfully completed my university programme with good grades in 2020.
“Currently, I am working as a graduate trainee with PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm.
“It’s a blessing to me and I thank God, all the hard work paid off with this great opportunity.
“I thank my mum who helped me come this far with the support from my extended family.
“My advice to those who are still studying, is to put God first and never lose hope.
“Through God, all things are possible.”