Kie Munauke of Tuvalu was overcome with emotion as she stood up to receive her Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Level 5) at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) graduation ceremony last Friday.
USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) recorded a total of 655 graduates.
Kie attributed her success to her extended family, who have been her rock since the beginning.
“I am just grateful for the decision I made to join USP years back, and now when I sit and think about it, I must say it was all worth it. Seeing the happiness and smiles on my family’s faces today makes me even happier,” she said.
“Personality-wise, I am very shy, but with time, I learnt to become confident, outspoken, and most importantly, learnt to adapt to changes as and when they happened.”
Kie said the COVID-19 pandemic itself was a huge life-changer for her.
“As a student, I couldn’t wait to study fully online, however, I must say that was the most challenging bit,” she stated.
Kie added that there were difficult times, but she was glad she never stopped pushing herself through those obstacles.
“For those prospective students who wish to join USP, give your 101% commitment to your studies and be ready for uncertainty,” Kie said.