What is success? We all define it in your own way!
Despite the fact that some people think money and fame equals success, but there is a lot more to it.
True success is not about material things or status, but is about the kind of person you are and the positive impact you have on the world.
As for 23-year-old Tasman Henry Lene Milo, success is overcoming the challenges and succeeding against the odds.
Mr. Milo is the eldest of Tavita and Malama Momoemausu’s two children.
Hailing from the villages of Siusega and Vaitele Fou, Mr. Milo was named the most outstanding student in politics in the whole of the Pacific region for the U.S.P Foundation Programme on Tuesday.
According to the Programme Coordinator, Ronna Lee, there are about 2000 students in the Pacific Region and Tasman is the top student.
“I am truly honored that I have been given the opportunity on behalf of the graduating foundation class of 2016 to address all of you here today,” Tasman said.
“I am sure that for my fellow graduates there have been times of stress, occasions that put us way out of our comfort zones perhaps the occasional moments of panic and some extremely challenging experiences.
“Well, we all have survived each of these moments and are now being rewarded by the recognition of our achievements today and with the prospect of amazing opportunities that are ahead of us.
“The journey has been significantly enriched by the constant help from our program coordinator, lectures and staff.”
He acknowledged the support from parents, families, friends and especially his sponsor Apia Rotary Club.
“I sincerely thank you for your assistance, time and being able to cope with us,” he said. “To our parents, families and friends, we owe you. Your true love, prayerful support and endurance, our graduation today is for you – faafetai tele lava.
“Specifically to my Sponsor the Rotary Club.
“I cannot thank you enough for your generous and continuing support which I’m greatly indebted to.
“Success leads to the greatest failure, which is arrogance and pride. Failure can lead to the greatest success which is humility and learning.”
In his interview with the Samoa Observer Mr. Milo said it hasn’t been an easy ride for him.
“I started studying law in 2014 but due to financially struggle I was unable to complete my studies,” he said.
“I only managed to complete the first semester in 2014 and then I stopped there but in 2015 when I found myself a sponsor which is the Apia Rotary Club I am now able to complete and graduate this year.
“The next step is completing my degree and I know it won’t be easy but if I can be able to do it for my foundation year I am sure I will be able to do it for the rest of my journey until I get to fulfill my passion of becoming lawyer.”