Shalini Sanmogam -  USP Alumni Network

Shalini Sanmogam

1. What is your home country?

2. Which country do you currently live in if different from above?

3. What programme(s) did you graduate in and in which year?
Graduated with Bachelor of Law in 2009 from USP,Emalus Campus

4. What was your most memorable moment as a student?
Being with my friends from all different Countries from the Pacific such as Tuvalu,Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

5. Describe your experience while studying at USP.
Since I was studying at the School of Law in Vanuatu, it was a great experience. The reason being I was away from my family and among people who were strangers to me in the beginning, coming from different background but in the end we all became so close as a family. This helped me to develop courage, confidence and above all being independent in my life. It also helped me to adopt to different environment. Hence  once I started working, it was not hard for me to get adjusted to situations and circumstances.

6. What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Getting my Degree in Law was one of the greatest achievement as this was not only my dream to be a Lawyer but my family's as well. So fulfilling my parents dream gave me the bestest Joy.

7. After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
Soon after graduation, I got admitted and started practising as a Barrister & Solicitor. The best highlight was when I first appeared in the Court and also when I prosecuted the first case of my life.

8. How do you think USP helped you in your career?
I think it helped me choose my career path and giving me opportunity to become what I wanted to be in life. The staff and lecturers were very supportive and motivating in streamlining my career.

9. After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement?
Getting a good job in my desired field.

10. What inspires you and why?
My father is the source of my inspiration as he worked very hard in life to raise three kids and provided us with education which helped us to stand on our feet. Although he did not study or got a qualification but he made sure that his kids got the best education. He always taught us that hard work always pays off and it sure did.

11. What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
My advice to the current and future students would be study hard and don't give up.Even if you fall flat on your face, have the courage to stand up and face every battle because in the end when you will look back only then you will realise it was worth the fight. So don't get discouraged. Life has a lot to offer. Most importantly learn from your mistakes.

12. Please share your top three tips that you think are most important for our current students or recent graduates that will help them when starting out on their career paths.
Be Passionate, confident and determined  in what you want to study or the work you want to do. Always remember Time is Essence.

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