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Name: Anne Dunn

Country: Fiji

Programme: Bachelor of Law (2016)




Why did you choose your field of study?
I chose my field of study because I initially had no other interest in any other subject but as the years went on, I found out that I simply enjoyed learning about some of the legal principles, especially in criminal justice & gender equality.

Briefly reflect on your student life at USP?
Being a student at USP came with its set of trials and struggles but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I learned so much about myself as an individual and as a student at the University. It was a place where I made lifelong friendships, had my most successful rewards to date and learned to strengthen my weaknesses while embracing my strengths. I appreciate my USP experience because it was a mix of exploring new territory and redefining old ones.
Greatest achievement[s] as a student
•    Law Student Association Secretary 2011
•    School of Law Moot Finalist 2011, 2013, 2015
•    School of Law Best Mooter 2013
•    School of Law Moot Participant to QUT Shine Moot Competition 2015

Career Highlights since Graduation

•    6 Months Paralegal at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution

Who/what do you credit your success to? What inspires you?
God, I give every credit of success to God & my mother because behind every success is a tale of struggle, tears shed, failures, and moments of getting up and trying again and those two people are the only ones who’ve seen all of that come to light. My mother inspires me the most because she embodies strength and perseverance better than anyone else I know; my family & friends inspire me daily to always think before I judge; my church youth group inspires me to be a better leader and my partner inspires me to never be afraid to try.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
In terms of what I’d like to happen next year, which is being admitted to the legal fraternity in Fiji, USP played a big role in offering the relevant education needed to pursue my career choice and it also provided a safe space to communicate and converse about relevant ideas.

Describe any challenges you face to reach where you are today and how you overcame those challenges? I think every individual goes through their own sets of challenges and one of mine was to not be defined by other people but embrace who I am and who I want to be and even as I still struggle with it, one of the biggest ways I’ve learned to deal with it is through faith, believing in something greater than myself and realizing that everyone can be anyone but no one can be exactly who I am and that’s the greatest thing about embracing my identity and loving it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, career wise, I’d love to be an innovative public prosecutor here in Fiji and a different jurisdiction; personally, I’d hope to still be growing as an individual, married and raising a family with my husband.

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?

Don’t be afraid to try. No matter how frightening, no matter how crazy other people might think it is, if you want to try it because you believe it’ll make you a better person than give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work out, try again, never be afraid to at least try.
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 confident in what you’ve learned in your field of study and pretend like no one else knows it better than you & approach every job interview with confidence.
•    Remember why you started and continue striving for your goals.
•    Be creative, learn to be patient with your career, it’ll happen, and enjoy the process.

What has your involvement been with the University since you graduated?
Since graduating in 2016, I have been helping out with students & friends who are still in their programmes has been my only involvement thus far.

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