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Nagin Patel

Name: Nagin Patel
Country: Fiji
Programme: Bachelor in Education

Why did you choose your field of study? There really wasnít much of a matter of choice those days. But when I got into the teaching field I had no regrets at all. I had filled in a careers form in school and it was during the interview I realized that I had opted for a career in teaching.
Briefly reflect on your student life at USP? It was one of the most memorable years of my life. When I had first come in as a 17 year old studying for a Diploma In Education I had come in with a group of friends from my class. Those days were more spent getting fascinated with new discoveries on the campus as a first time boarder. Then later when I came in far more matured for a degree program me I spent more time in the Library trying to get ďAsí in units
Greatest achievement[s] as a student
It would be probably be my concentration powers and being a perfect student in the classroom. By the end of a lecture I would have the minimum of words in my lecture pad but I was able to recall or prepare for assignments test etc well
Career Highlights since Graduation Being recognized as an outstanding English teacher. Whichever school I taught at gave me great credit and till today I have students mentioning their times in my English class. Within a very short span I was working as the chief examiner as well as marker for external exams. But the highlight would be when I was asked to join the Ministry of Educations Examination section as a Education Officer.
Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you? The credit for my success goes to my upbringing. I was taught that the best way to success was education. I am still inspired really by being in the classroom with my students. I love teaching
How do you think USP helped you in your career? Being a local institute it made education achievable  and I was able to turn my dreams into reality. By providing the best lecturers it encourage me to move on.
Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges? One of the major challenges at that time was going beyond a post graduate study. There were very limited courses available beyond 300 levels and one had to choose a 400level unit as it would be the only one offered for the semester. Today there is so much being done to encourage studies beyond a post graduate . I wish it had been available then too.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)? I hope to continue teaching English for some more years to come. Personally I would like to pursue further studies in Literature but not at the expense of my teaching
What advice would you give to current and future students of USP? USP today offers the best facilities, courses etc compared to any university in the world .Most courses are well recognized anywhere, Students should make the most of the time and these offers
What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated? (if any) Before joining as a full time staff I had been a part time marker and tutor for various English courses.
Any other information you would like to share. Education is endless. One does not have to be stuck to a frustrating career. USP offers various modes of study for a person to choose something exciting as a everyday job. Even while working full time one can use the blended modes. Print or on-line to further ones career.


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