Juggling job with full-time studies tough – Barah

A recent graduate from the National University of Samoa (NUS) has described juggling her full-time job with university studies as a major personal challenge, which she has been able to overcome against all odds.

Barah Faavae Sooalo, who graduated with a postgraduate diploma in development studies from the NUS, dedicated her academic achievement to her parents and her local church. 

She said her upbringing as the daughter of Rev. Faavae Sooalo serving at the Magiagi Methodist Church played a big part in giving her an outlook on life and it meant to be the daughter of a church minister. 

“Awarding this qualification is a privilege and from my heart fill with gratitude and appreciation, I dedicate it to God who had helped me come this far," she said. 

Enrolling for the postgraduate in development studies course was critical for Barah, as it enabled her to increase her knowledge to understand and to have an in-depth knowledge on development theories and practices.

“Developing myself academically was what inspired me to take the program. I believe it is the key to engage and contribute in development of our beautiful Samoa.”

Ms. Sooalo still works for the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A) while studying full-time at the NUS. 

“It wasn’t easy to manage work and time to complete my assignments and to catch up with required readings of each courses but with God, he made everything possible for me”.

Her graduation was marked with a celebration at the Methodist Church at Magiagi, which was prepared and organized by Ms. Sooalo's parents and family and church members gathered to witness.

“On the other hand, I would also like to dedicate this award to my Church family, Magiagi Methodist Church especially my youth friends who have conspired with me throughout my journey.”

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