There is a season for everything, a time to plant and a time to reap the fruits of your hard work.
For Alamita Pereira, yesterday was that time. She was named 2017 valedictorian of Pesega College, allowing her to reap the fruit of her hard work despite the struggles and challenges she faced.
“No matter how hard the subjects and the assignments were, I always tried my best to use the resources that I had such as the Internet in a good way,” she said.
Alamita believes that positivity really changes the way we see any situation - for what we think is what we become.
It was never about meeting the deadlines for Alamita, but rather it was ensuring that she produced quality work.
Understanding the balance between doing her school work and chores at home was one of the challenges that she faced.
“I always tried to manage my time wisely and make an effort to turn everything in on time, but at the same time I also had family stuff at home that I needed to do as well.
“So sometimes I just lost focus on what needs to be done.”
For Alamita there is no better driving force than her parents.
Alamanta is the daughter of Tagaloa Anthony Oliver Pereira and Lee-may Pereira.
“Whenever I go to school I always think about my family. I have lost count of everything that they have done for me, especially my parents.
“They are always working day and night to put me in school. They inspire me in such ways that I can’t even express,” she told the Samoa Observer yesterday.
The 17-year-old also said that her parents were her first educators and she was thankful for them because she wouldn't be where she was today if it wasn’t for her parents.
Alamita is very humbled and honoured to be named the 2017 Valedictorian of Pesega College.
One important factor that she has learned over her college years is that anything is possible through God and He will continuously be her number one inspiration.
Tagaloa says he is happy for his daughter but God deserves all the glory.
He also said this was just a stepping stone for her daughter and it was nowhere near the end.
“I have already spoken to my daughter that this is just the beginning of a new journey, she is not going to stop here.
“There is always another step that you need to take after graduating from N.U.S.,” said Tagaloa.
He said the most important thing for any parent was for their children to have a stable and a promising future ahead of them and he is certain that anyone can reach the top.
Alamita is the eldest of his four siblings.
“She is a good example and a role model for her younger siblings, to follow her footsteps,” Tagaloa said.
He said it was important to show support and always hold the children accountable for everything they did.
“It is a must to always push our children to become better and to understand the importance of education in their life.
“You push them by showing your support in doing their school work. Don’t ever neglect our children; they are our main responsibility,” Tagaloa added.