New chapter begins for students

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

2015 Hits

A NEW YEAR,  A NEW START: Brand new uniforms for a brand new year for these Avele College students yesterday. They joined thousands of other students from across the country who returned to their schools yesterday after the holidays.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW START: Brand new uniforms for a brand new year for these Avele College students yesterday. They joined thousands of other students from across the country who returned to their schools yesterday after the holidays. (Photo: Vatapuia Maiava)

A new chapter in the lives of students who have qualified for the National University of Samoa’s (N.U.S) Foundation year started yesterday.

Despite having to stand in the long lines to register, it was hard to remove the smiles from their faces.

The Samoa Observer spoke with some of them about their dreams and aspirations.

Peggy Tuala from Malie said she was both “excited” and “nervous.”

“I know this is going to be different from College,” she said. “But I am ready for this year and I am prepared to face whatever challenges that may come my way.”

Peggy graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson School last year. She enrolled as an Art student.

“For now, I am looking at getting my foundation certificate first before anything else,” she said. “I will do anything to the best of my ability to achieve my goals.”

As for Faafetai To’imoana from Sagone and Vaivase, the process yesterday was not new.

“This is not my first time enrolling,” she said. 

Fa’afetai graduated last year from the Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Business Studies. 

But the 21-year-old is now embarking on another journey aiming to get a Bachelor in Business Studies.  “I am ready for this and I know that with God, I can achieve anything in life.”

Malama Loua Fa’asi’u was among the thousands of students who waited patiently in line for their turn to register. She graduated from Alofi-o-Taoa College in Savaii. The 19-year-old said this year is going to be very challenging for her. 

“I will be away from my real family and parents, and this is going to be hard for me,” she said. 

Loua said she would do her best to make her family proud.

“This is going to be tough, but I believe that with God, everything is possible.” 

Loua is enrolling as a foundation student at the Faculty of Education.

“I want to be a teacher,” she said. “And this is the first step to achieving that dream.”

Losipene Ali’itaeao also from Savai’i said she was nervous.

“Everything is going to be very different,” she said. “And I am not ready for this…my mind is still on holiday. But I guess once school officially starts and once lectures start, my mind will eventually wake up.”

Faith Esera from the English Department said she’s looking forward to start this year and welcome new faces.

“I am so happy to see the smiles on the faces of the students,” she said. “This shows that they are happy to be here.I know the feeling because I was a student too…I know it will be different for most of them, but I am looking forward to meeting them and we will make them feel at home.” 

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