Students turned up in numbers during USP’s FALE orientation at the Laucala Campus.
As the 2017 academic year begins for The University of the South Pacific (USP), new students excitedly tried to find their way around the main Laucala Campus; some visiting the Campus for the first time.
Anu Devi, a former student of Mahatma Ghandi Memorial School in Suva present at the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) orientation said she was elated having been on the premises for the first time.
“I have enrolled into my programme and my majors are Accounting and Law. I cannot wait to start as I have always dreamt of this,” she said excitedly.
Ms Devi is the oldest of three children and added she would be a role model to her siblings and would be the first to achieve her goals and lifelong dream for her family especially her parents.
A shy Vicky Tapueluelu from Tonga was all smiles when asked why she chose USP to further her education.
“I have always wanted to become a writer and since all my friends and family are alumni of USP, I thought why not. I am told this is the best place to be,” she said.
Ms Tapueluelu said she is looking forward to the start of classes this semester and also to making new friends.
“I met some of my classmates from high school and I am so glad that at least there are a few people I know to help me get around. The Campus is huge and for newcomers like me we will get lost easily,” she said.
“I am sure though that in no time, I will be familiar with the surroundings and should able to show myself around,” Ms Tapueluelu, who has enrolled into a Bachelor of Arts programme said.
She shared that it was not easy leaving her family and loved ones behind but it is a sacrifice she is willing to make for her future and that of her family.
David Rimon of Kiribati who is also an eager new student said he was looking forward to the start of lectures so that he could also join his family of USP alumni.
“I have always wanted to become a teacher like my dad and ever since I started school, my mom has always encouraged me to reach my goals because no one else will achieve it for me.
“I know this is a huge achievement but it is only just the start of my educational journey here at USP. I only wished dad was alive to see me here today as he would have been very proud of me,” Mr Rimon said.
The 2017 USP Orientation week was launched on 30 January by Fiji’s Minister of Education, Heritage & Arts and National Archives of Fiji, Dr Mahendra Reddy who acknowledged USP as a “provider of higher education which very much inputs to the Government’s vision of a knowledge-based society”.
An annual event in USP’s calendar, Orientation Week is designed to help new students transition into university life. This year’s event will see more than 3,500 first-year students gather at Laucala Campus from 30 January to 4 February.
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