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USP’s 'Buddy of The Year' Award recipient shares experience

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Nikeel Seth at Macquarie University in Australia.

A final year student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) attended the weeklong Orientation programme at Australia’s Macquarie University from 19-23 February, 2018, as part of his prize for winning the USP’s 2017 Westpac Buddy of the Year award recipient.

USP has a Buddy programme under Campus Life’s First Year Experience Office. It is a volunteer programme which links senior students with first year students to help them with a seamless transition into university life.

Nikeel Seth, a Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Human Resources Management and Public Administration & Employment Relations, is thankful for the international exposure he gained from the trip.

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit Macquarie University orientation week as it gave me an exciting experience and opportunity to understand and get a feel of how the Orientation week is conducted overseas,” Mr Seth said.

“This was my first trip abroad so I was really happy that it was an educational one. As I am a volunteer Buddy with Campus Life, the visit will assist me in my work with my peer groups and the first year students that I will assist.

“I will share the ideas and initiatives with my colleagues and other Buddies, so, they too can implement the same with their students,” an elated Mr Seth said.

While there, Mr Seth said he gained more knowledge about the University, the facilities and the type & level of courses offered which will assist and guide him and his peers for further studies abroad.

“The experience allowed me to compare my University with that of an overseas University, and made me realise that we are not too far behind, considering the resources that we have,” he shared.

“The services offered there are similar to the ones here at USP and I also learned new ideas which will enable me to implement them here,” he added.

“I also realised the importance they place on non-academic assistance for students, especially for first-year students. It validated my work as a Buddy and made me realise how important it is to be a volunteer Buddy,” he said.

Mr Seth mentioned that after his visit, he was even more motivated to further his studies and encouraged other students to keep advancing in their studies.

“As a recipient of a special award, the USP Westpac Buddy of the Year 2017, I believe I have a duty to share my experience with other students and encourage them to volunteer and make the most of what USP has to offer. This award has been such a great motivation for me,” he added.

“I personally found it very enriching and fulfilling to take part in various activities and events and I feel that University life is not only about studies – it is so much more than that,” he said.

Mr Seth will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management and Public Administration & Employment Relations this year and is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

He thanked USP’s Campus Life section and Westpac for the opportunity and experience to visit the Australian university.

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