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Stephane Bong

Name: Stephane Bong

Country: Vanuatu

Programme: Bachelor of Arts (2015, Gold Medalist)

Why did you choose your field of study?
I choose my field of study in relation to my current reflection on the social issues that are affecting my country Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands with regards to social issues. For example, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, criminal activities, mental and emotional issues, non communicable deceases and environmental changes that have greatly rose on high rates across my country and the Pacific as a whole. Therefore, these issues have made me reflect and decided to take us Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology and Social Work to help me equip with the skills needed in order to assist and address some of these issues.    

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
First of all I would say I enjoyed my time as a student at USP. Even though I had a lot on my plate, I was able to balance each responsibility and enjoy student life. For example, I had family that I need to look after in Vanuatu, living with a son in Fiji and studying was a bit of challenge but enjoyable. I was able to study and do other things such as mentoring SW200 and SW201 for other students who needed help. I also participated in workshops and training outside of campus, for example on suicide prevention and social work workshops and training. The other enriching experience for me was the practical I had in different organizations within Suva as part of my professional development and studies.  Above all my student life was enriching and successful.

Greatest achievement[s] as a student
The greatest thing I have achieved as a student was my goals to do well in my studies and get a gold medal. It was my objective and I have achieved it by receiving a gold medal and an offer to do my Masters. So achieving my goals was through my determination and commitment to my studies.

Career Highlights since Graduation
I am currently working as the ODL coordinator at Central School in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I credit my success to my parents and my wife as there were very supportive to me over the three years of studies. The things that inspire me were my skill of commitment and self discipline that help me achieve what I have and who I am today.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP had provided every service I needed in order to achieve my career

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
The challenges I faced was the distance relationship I had for the past three years without the presence of my wife and two daughters. I overcame it by calling them every day and praying with them.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years (career and/or personal goals)?
I am planning to do my Master and move on to PhD and become a lecturer at the University

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Be committed and discipline yourself in order to achieve your goals. Also trust yourself because if I can do it, believe that you can also do it.  

Please share 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 committed
-Discipline yourself
-Trust yourself

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