Students who turned up at the University of the South Pacific’s (U.S.P.) Faculty of Business and Economics (F.B.E.) orientation on 1 February, 2017 gave their testimonials on how they chose the University as their tertiary education provider.
Among them was Fuatino Vaiaouauli, 19, from Samoa.
She said it was not easy leaving her family behind.
“This is my first time in Fiji and although I look forward to new friends here I really miss my family back home,” she said.
“I know I will get used to being away from them so I need to work hard.
“They have very high hopes for me and I will not disappoint them,” she said.
She said in Samoa there are a lot of U.S.P. alumni working for government and N.G.O’s and she hoped that one day she would share their experience and join them too.
“I am the first one in my family to attend U.S.P. and I want to make them proud eventually,” she noted.
Akuila Vunidravo, a staff of iTaukei Land Trust Board (T.L.T.B.) enrolled as a part-time student after having graduated from the Fiji National University with a Diploma in Land Use Planning.
Mr. Vunidravo said he decided to do his degree at U.S.P. after hearing so much about the quality of the University’s programmes.
“Many of my friends have told me that if we graduate here at U.S.P. we can get a job anywhere in the world and that is a great opportunity that I would love to explore,” he relayed.
Mr. Vunidravo said he wanted to do a degree in Land Management and he was sure he would not regret coming to U.S.P.
“I want to pursue my career because most of the stuff we deal with at work is in regards to land. I carry out a lot of evaluation exercises and I liaise a lot with landowners.
“I am confident that I will benefit greatly from this programme and it will help me understand my work much better,” he stated.
Nineteen-year-old Kia Williams said she looked forward to exploring the new environment.
“I chose U.S.P. because of the relevance of its courses and programmes which I do not see anywhere else and I am looking forward to a head start,” she said.
“It is so different from high school and I am loving it already,” said the former student of St Joseph Secondary School.
“I have enrolled into the Bachelor of Commerce programme majoring in Accounting and Finance. I have always wanted to become an Accountant and this is an opportune time for me to pursue this dream of mine,” she said.
Temboa Tibuuarate, 20 of Kiribati said U.S.P. sounded exciting and interesting.
“I guess the one thing I am excited about apart from everything else is the fact that there is a diversity of cultures here at USP and I am looking forward to learning from that,” Mr. Tibuuarate said.