Vaivase and Salelologa, Samoa
Bachelor of Arts (BA), 2013
Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)), 2014
Master of Arts (MA), 2015
My parents always used to talk about their days at university, so when I left high school I was super excited to make memories of my own and work hard to get that degree. Lessons learnt at the University of Auckland go far beyond the classroom walls. Everyday I’m inspired by my fellow Pasifika students and everyday I’m reminded of what an amazing institution I’m studying at.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt at the University of Auckland is never be afraid to ask for help. I don’t think I would have made it through my undergrad years if it weren’t for the Tuākana Arts family. They hold extra workshops and tutorials just so you get your best shot at excellence, plus it’s an easy way to make new friends and score free food.
I was lucky to start off my studies with help from the Equity Office. In addition, the CATS* scholarship I was awarded helped pay for my undergraduate degree and also allowed me to meet and network with different staff and students from all around the University. It’s been five years since I joined the University of Auckland community and I get what my parents were talking about. These past years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding of my life so far.
Scholarships and awards
- University of Auckland Chancellor’s Awards for Top Māori and Pacific Scholars (CATS)
- Recipient and mentor 2012 -2014 and mentor, 2012-2014
- Blues in Arts, 2015