Vaturova, Cakaudrove; Raviravi, Beqa (Fiji)
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Health Sciences (LLB/BHSc), 2015
As Pacific people, our journey through education isn’t ours alone but is the result of the efforts of our families, our ancestors and the prayers of numerous people. I have a lot to be grateful for now that I have finished this chapter of my life.
Being part of the Pacific family at the University of Auckland has been an amazing experience. Without the support of my whānau and friends, my journey would have been very different. It is one thing to come to University and leave with that coveted piece of paper but to come and experience a rich culture and leave with the grounded sense of belonging is truly something I will always be grateful for.
Being awarded a CATS* scholarship was great motivation to come to the University of Auckland and was the first step towards my goal of obtaining a Law degree. During my time at University, it was the guidance of the CATS mentors, PASS (Pasifika Academic Support Strategies) tutors and Pacific support staff that got me through. I also made many lifelong friends through my involvement in various Pacific student associations such as Gone Ni Viti, AUPISA and PILSA. These experiences were invaluable as they helped me to create networks, learn more about working with people, and they provided me with opportunities to serve my Pacific community here on campus.
- University of Auckland Chancellor’s Awards for Top Māori and Pacific Scholars (CATS), 2009-2011
- CATS mentor, 2011-2014
*From 2017 CATS scholarships are being superseded by the University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarships and the University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarships.