Louicy Taramo -  USP Alumni Network

Name: Louicy Toramo

Country: Solomon Islands
Programme: Bachelor of Education (2016)

Why did you choose your field of study?

I am a teacher by profession and since then I have always had a passion to help young children to fully achieve their potential and God given talents so that they too can have the opportunity to excel in their life endeavors.

Briefly reflection your student life at USP?
Simply, prioritizing my studies and doing it smartly is my motto during my three (3) years at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus.  As a mother and a student at the same time requires a lot of commitment and sacrifices therefore, I needed to work in unusual ways at times. All the required resources are there Ė human resources and non Ė human resources but one has to be committed and seek assistance when needed. Iíve enjoyed my three year study with no regrets and now I am happy to be one of USPís ambassadors at my work place.

Greatest achievement[s] as a student
Completed my studies within my sponsorís (Solomon Islands Government) time frame (3years) and moreover, been award with Gold Medal by USP despite been a busy mother to 3 beautiful children.

Career Highlights since Graduation
After completion of my studies in 2014, I was chosen among other high academic scholars most of whom are my male colleagues at USP to be the Principal of one of the prestige Christian school in my Province, Malaita, Solomon Islands. This year, 2016, I accompanied my spouse therefore; have to be transferred to where I am now   - The Deputy Principal of Mt. Horeb Secondary School.

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I credit my success to my family that is my husband (Ellison) and my three (3) children-Erastus, Godfrey, and Lois, for without them I will not have completed my studies.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
The knowledge and skills gained is certainly of greater value therefore, it really helps in the planning, and execution of what is required especially, in promoting quality learning where it is needed.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges?
In 2003, I enrolled at USP-Solomon Island Center as a self-sponsored student, taking one course at a time. My last course enrolled for was in 2005 and from then on could not continue further due to limited family budget. I continued to apply for scholarship opportunities through the National Training Unit (Solomon Islands) then but was not given any chance at all. Despite this, I never give in as I continued to placed applications year after year until 2012, when finally I was awarded a Solomon Islands Government Scholarship to do my studies at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji. Had I given up; I may not be where I am today.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My mind is now focused on one thing that I really want to achieve in future and that is to help the existing Vocational centers in promoting the quality learning needed to help individuals achieve knowledge and skills that could help promote and improve their life, their family and their community welfare.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
My only advice is for them to prioritize their studies and do it smartly, for by these they will see the fruit of their labor.  
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.
1.    Always aim high and be confident in yourself.
2.    Always admit and acknowledge failures and ask for help when necessary.
3.    Be committed and faithful to your profession.

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