Victoria graduate shares her story

By Anina Kazaz and Nefertiti Matatia ,

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STAY FOCUSED AND MOTIVATED: Terri Loimata Mau and Rubylou Tuiloma with their friend Epi.

STAY FOCUSED AND MOTIVATED: Terri Loimata Mau and Rubylou Tuiloma with their friend Epi.

Passion drives one to succeed.

That’s the belief of Rubylou Tuiloma, a Samoan graduate of Victoria University in Australia. 

Rubylou was among nine representatives from various universities in Australia present during the Australia Future Unlimited Education Roadshow at the Taumeasina Island Resort on Monday night.  

The 22-year-old is from Vaitele-Uta. She was a recipient of the Victoria University scholarship. 

In 2016, Ms. Tuiloma graduated with a degree in International Community Development – a field she is passionate about.

“I would say that is the best thing about studying in Australia because they encourage you to pursue your field. They gave me the kind of direction I needed,” she said.

“At the moment, I am working with the Ministry of Women and Community in the Social Development department. It is exactly what I studied abroad.”

She shared pursuing one’s personal goals in their field of study would not only benefit them, but the development of Samoa as a whole.

“I love the job, it really keeps me motivated. Being able to express my passion in my field and doing something that I am so eager about is rewarding.”

“For me this is what keeps me on the roll and waking up every morning just feeling pumped to go to work. I know it is what I like to do,” she told Samoa Observer. 

Studying abroad minimised her dependence on her family and she found herself working extra hard. 

“I think future students should start applying for a scholarship overseas, it is a really good opportunity, not only will it enhance your skills and knowledge, you become experienced in different fields you major in.”

The Victoria University was popular among Samoan students in Australia.

“When I was in the Victoria University, there were eight students from Samoa in the same study field that I was in.” 

“The Samoan students and other different Pacific Islands have their own groups and specific associations,” said Rubylou.

Despite the biggest challenge of feeling homesick, she was able to embrace a new environment by appreciating what she had.

“There are certain times when life will get in the way and you will forget why you are there in the first place.”

But Rubylou mentioned staying focused is the key.

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