After graduating from The University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education, Ms Kaajal Kavita Singh started her career in teaching and has been a high school teacher in Vanua Levu for more than ten years, having taught at high schools in Labasa and Savusavu.
Ms Singh was recently encouraged by her family to pursue a second degree and took up studies in Law. After six years of hard work, she graduated with a degree in Law (LLB); however, this was quite challenging for the English Teacher.
She started her journey with USP in 2016 as a remote student and completed all thirty-two units online whilst being a student at Savusavu Centre. The challenge to balance work as a secondary school teacher and full-time studies in Law was achieved through discipline, commitment and balancing the tasks at all stages.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms Singh concentrated on school and could use the time to cover more ground to complete her studies in a more focused and organised manner.
The USP Savusavu Campus served to be a blessing for me, says Ms Singh, as the support she got from the staff members at this centre was a huge advantage; she added that USP’s support for its remote students during the pandemic was instrumental in allowing students like her to succeed.
Ms Singh said the ITS infrastructure and student support enabled online students to maintain some balance between studies, work, and family time.
She is from a rural community of Wavuwavu, Labasa would travel over 150km back home to visit her elderly parents every weekend and has acknowledged the unwavering support from her parents, Mr & Mrs Gyan Singh, throughout her journey.
She has encouraged young people in her community never to hesitate to shoulder responsibilities and pursue their dreams. Ms Singh added that the support from the USP staff in Savusavu and Labasa could help other young people in the North pursue their studies.
She encouraged students who want to continue their education, take advantage of USP’s flexibility, and enrol in Semester 2 2022.
USP has opened its application for all Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Masters programmes until 11 August 2022 to enable students to enrol.