Shahenoor Saiza Ali says, “The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a prominent University that provides one with quality education, Pacific exposure, and opportunities for international travel and experience”.
Shahenoor graduated with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) in 2021 and recently with a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP). She is currently employed as a Legal Practitioner at Millbrook Hills Law Partners in Ba.
She stated that USP had developed her skills such as public speaking, becoming independent, and being self-reliant.
“USP is not only limited to studies but also provides students with various opportunities such as study abroad programmes, peer mentoring, internships, and meeting people with diverse backgrounds,” she emphasised.
For Shahenoor, USP has given her exceptional exposure by developing her communication skills, preparing her for real-life situations, and courses that have moulded her critical-thinking skills.
“The internships have also allowed me to experience situations first-hand,” added the 23-year-old. She highlighted that meeting people from diverse backgrounds and countries filled her university life with memories and increased her social network with other Pacific students, learning about different Pacific cultures apart from Law.
“Another major memorable experience as a USP student was being selected as a participant for JENESYS 2017, being my first international trip to Japan.”
In addition to this, she was selected to study at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, as an exchange student in Semester 2, 2019.
Shahenoor says the overall experience for her has been challenging and exciting simultaneously; however, overcoming and finding various solutions to the challenges made her experience more exciting and enjoyable.
She describes her parents as her greatest inspiration and motivation throughout this journey.
“My parents have been my main inspiration and pillar of support during my studies, encouraging me at every stage to do my best.”
She claims that USP has provided her with the necessary qualifications on laws in Fiji and the Pacific region.
Shahenoor soon plans to engage herself within private law practice to help the vulnerable and her community.
She emphasises that her current qualification at USP has provided her with the required education to achieve her goals. She encourages prospective students to think about their career goals early on and then make the correct decision to pursue their education at the region’s best university, USP.
USP’s Undergraduate applications close today, 23 March and Postgraduate applications on 25 March except for trimester-based programmes.