Young woman motivated to succeed to help her family

Faiamio Fa’aiva is sure of one thing.

Once she is able to complete a foundation certificate in Tourism and Hospitality at the National University of Samoa, she has other plans.

She wants to go further to become a lecturer in tourism and hospitality.

Faiamio spoke about her desire when she caught up with the Village Voice team yesterday.

The young lady is inspired by her family’s struggles to put her through school and she wants to repay her parent’s hard work.

“My family is the main reason why I study hard,” she said.

“I’m motivated by knowing the struggles my family is going through to put me through school. This is the only way to make things right is by studying hard to get a good job to help them out.” 

Faiamio is the fourth of her parent’s six children. 

Asked why she is not studying a teaching qualification, she said she wanted to pick up other skills first. 

She is particularly passionate about tourism and hospitality.

“I know it’s hard to achieve my goal but I will do anything,” she said.

“Like I say, it’s my first year with this qualification and I don’t mind how long it takes to become a teacher. I want to achieve my goal so I can get better pay to help my family.

“My family tries very hard to make ends meet to put me through school and I feel I owe to repay that faith.

 “We all know on top of our school fees, there are other obligations that my parents need to take care of like family activities, fa’alavelave, church donations and other things like the water bill and stuff.”

Faiamio’s older brother works. He helps her father provide for the family.

“We make do with what we have,” she said.

“Like most families in Samoa, our budget is always tight.

 “This is why I am motivated to achieve my dream.” 

She went on to say she’s very thankful to her father. 

“Thank you dad for always being there to support us.

“I thank God for bringing me a loving dad. 

“He is also my role model because even through sickness and struggles, he always provides for us.”

Faiamio could do with some financial help to pay her school fees. It is $1,200 a semester.

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