Jewel Toloa -  USP Alumni Network

Name: Jewel Toloa

Country: Samoa

Programme: Bachelor of Arts (2012)






Why did you choose your field of study?

I chose to study Marine Science as the natural environment of Small Island States in the Pacific have gradually expressed their vulnerability at all levels. This in relation to Climate Change and the intensity of Natural Disasters experienced throughout the region gave me the urge to study this so I could help to preserve my island nation. 
Briefly reflection your student life at USP?
My academic journey during my on-campus stay in Laucala throughout the duration of my studies in Suva was a very unique one. I was able to engage myself with different student groups such as the USPSA governing body, Pasifika Voices and Wantok Moana. I was so fortunate to be able to use the different University support programmes that helped guide me through 'Uni Life'. Some of these Programmes were the Time Management Workshop that took place at the Belama Lounge, the give back to the Community Blood Drive in collaboration with the Medical Centre and other inter-campus sporting activities.  These initiatives made 'Uni Life' awesome including the Christina Fellowship group that also contributed to my spiritual journey away from home.
Greatest achievement[s] as a student
Some of the achievements that I never would have thought in a hundred million years I would achieve were:
1. Leader of the first inter-school Female Debate Team to win the first season of the Debate initiative
2. Vice President of the USP Student Association - Laucala (I had only been in Laucala for 5 months, I registered for the elections and won the VP seat and did not realize the immense role and effect this role had on the University as a whole - it was an awesome experience)

Career Highlights since Graduation
Some highlights since Graduation was the opportunity to attend forums/ meetings on behalf of high level Executives and my Minister

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
I've always believed that I'm just an average human being. Any success that has crossed my journey including that of my academic one, the praise all goes back to God the Father
My husband George and our two babies Tialehina and Pepe inspire me to aim high and reach for the sky, and this is even when I think I can't do it.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP definitely helped me to become a more independent person. USP also introduced me to diverse cultures and different groups that I was able to be a part of. USP also took me through a self-assessment ability phase where I realized that things I never thought I could attain and could become were possible.

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.    Don't waste time
2.    Strive for excellence and not perfection
3.    If you need help, ask. It cost you more if you don't ask

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