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Teacher gives online graduation thumbs up

A teacher is elated at graduating from the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) ‘remotely’ and says the online graduation last Friday saved her family money that would have been spent on preparations.

Ulimasao Fiapito Peseta, 28, of Satapuala graduated with a bachelor of education (primary) last Friday during the N.U.S. Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Faculty of Education 2020 online graduation.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, she said the online graduation option that the university promoted and implemented worked for her, especially during her pregnancy.

“What matters the most to me is my unborn baby’s welfare and I have to be honest, I’m lucky because my parents have already seen me walk up an aisle before, during my first graduation so the online graduation is enough for me,” she said.

The cancellation of the proper graduation ceremony and its replacement with the online option also saved Ms Peseta’s family money, which could have been spent on preparations.

“I guess that’s why the online graduation is not much of an issue for me. I see it as a chance to save money from all the graduation preparations, save my child, and spend time with my family and watch the online graduation together.”

Upgrading her teaching qualifications from diploma to degree, in order to be paid more as a teacher, was the inspiration behind her returning to studies.

Following her graduation last Friday, Ms Peseta said she is now in a position to reap the benefits of her hard work.

“All thanks to God for without him, I wouldn’t make it this far and thanks to my family especially my parents for always being here. My troubles would’ve ended the other way around but I was able to make it through to this day because of my family and God.”

Becoming a teacher has always been her dream, and she describes being in the classroom with primary school teachers as a “source of fresh air and fresh thoughts”.

In words of advice to aspiring young teachers, Ms Peseta urged them to be patient and not be quick to quit.

“Becoming a teacher requires a lot of effort and patience, not only with teaching the students but also with the course works, as a teacher and as a student. But if you uphold your prayers and stay strong and positive, you will enjoy your journey as a teacher,” she added.

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