Foundation student intrigued with cultural diversity at USP


Students at The University of the South Pacific (USP) Samoa campus are well into their first semester and are enthusiastic about their journey at the regional institution.

The University is buzzing with activities as classes for Semester 1, 2023, are well underway, with lecturers, professors and tutors working to familiarise students with their coursework and assignments.

One such student is Marlene Lameta, a Foundation Arts student pursuing a geography unit at the USP Samoa campus.

“My parents had wanted me to attend the National University of Samoa, but I chose USP because my dad is a teacher here. That motivated me to attend USP in 2021, where I did foundation studies.”

Ms Lameta said joining USP in 2021 to pursue her study was the best choice as it opened her horizon to the career opportunities and possibilities that USP offers its students.

“Ever since I have been here, there’s been a lot of inspiration for me. I started to develop an interest in different cultures of the Pacific, like dances.”

She took a break from studying last year after encountering some personal challenges; however, returning to school this year, Ms Lameta is determined to see her academic journey through to the end.

“I started the foundation in 2021 and took a break last year due to family issues. I am continuing my studies this year. I am mostly just challenging myself to finish the foundation this year. There is a long way to go towards bachelors for me. I am grateful for my friends that help make school easy. They encourage me a lot to do my studies and assignments.”

“Being on campus and part of the USP family makes me feel happy. It makes me feel like I am part of the regional institution and one of the thousands of students working towards elevating our Pacific through academia and in various other fields.”

Ms Lameta aspires to pursue a Bachelor of Law at USP after completing her foundation studies and eventually becoming an attorney in Samoa.

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