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Name: Mereseini Tuivuniwai

Country: FijiProgramme: 2005, Bachelor of Arts - Management and Public Administration and Literature and Language

Why did you chose your field of study?
I initially enrolled for Journalism but on the first day of registration i changed my mind after I met a local journalist who said that while he loved his job, it was poorly paid. So I decided to do a double major in Management and Public Administration and Literature and Language instead. Now i get to do something I am passionate about and at the same time prepare for the work force. I am also pursuing postgraduate studies in Development Studies.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
My student life was full of fun but sometime I find myself at a crossroad especially when having to decide between studies and fun. Having a balanced life is the answer to get the best of both worlds.

Greatest achievement as a student?
For me, it was growing rich in knowledge and experience after 3 years of study. You embrace the friendships and connections developed across all diversities and cultures, the knowledge experience gained under some exceptional lecturers, being constantly pushed to fulfill expectations by your parents and peers and pushing yourself to infinite boundaries.

Career highlights since graduation?
For me, it was the opportunity to travel around the world and the Pacific. Greatest highlight was being on a 3 week attachment to the United National Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Brussels in 2012 to develop their communications strategy after a 3 week training course in Turin Italy.

Who / what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I credit my success to God and my family - they are my pillars of strength. They have been there for me through thick and thin, they are my inspiration! My husband and kids inspire me to excel and better myself.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
Preparing me with the knowledge and skills, Connecting me to students and friends, USP Alumni networks that have helped my career along. The USP Alumni Network is always useful because you can easily get information by picking up the phone and calling an alumni.

Describe any challenges you faced to get to where you are today and how you overcame them?
The greatest challenge is facing our own fears because the mind can be a battlefield. I find myself overwhelmed sometimes my peoples expectations and then I remind myself that I am good at what I do. Whether at work or play, I am a perfectionist, I give it my best shot whatever the outcome.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Definitely putting less energy into my career and investing more time and money into my family and kids and perhaps even publishing a book or two.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Establish your purpose on this earth and let that inspire you to set your goals. Never underestimate yourself and know that you are unique so set yourself apart from everyone else.

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