USP Alumni Network

Marilyn Simmons

What is your home country?
Fiji 

What programme did you graduate in and in which year?
I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Geography and Literature & Language, together with a Graduate Certificate in Education in 2010, and then I did a Post graduate Diploma in Climate Change in 2011 and am currently working towards my Masters of Arts degree in Development Studies. 

What was your most memorable moment as a student?
Being one of two students chosen to go on Student Exchange to Sonoda Women’s University in Japan. 

Describe your experience while studying at USP.
USP is like a ‘Melting Pot’ full of cultural experiences that enable a person to be equipped with life after school. Having friends from all over the region and Lecturers from all over the world has been a great experience. USP has a very Pacific Way of education that allows students to maximize their learning abilities and still feel at home. I worked Part Time for three years at the Student Academic Services Centre, and had to juggle long work hours with meeting assignment deadlines and maintain a good GPA. It was tough, but I would do it all over again if I had to. 

What was your greatest achievement while studying at USP?
Apart from being competitive, I believe that the friendships made with fellow students and professional relationships with Lecturers have been a great achievement. 

 

 

 

After graduating from USP, what were some of the highlights of your career?
I started off as a tutor for the School of Geography before joining the United Nations Development Program. I now work with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. 

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
USP has given me Holistic Education, where I am blessed to be inculcated with western knowledge and still rooted in my family morals and ethics. Apart from Formal Education acquired at the University, USP’s Christian fellowship and Student Life have both provided me with experiences that I believe have helped shaped my career. 

After graduating from USP, what has been your greatest achievement? 
Going back to my Island Community and reiterating the importance of hard work. At the time, I was a Role model to them, and the feeling I got from them listening to every word I said was Memorable. It felt good to also donate food back to the community after talking to the youths. 

What inspires you and why?
Hard work and perseverance. I thank God for his blessings as those late night study sessions (aka ‘Day lighting’) has helped be reap the fruit of success. 

What advice would you give to current and future students of USP?
Take advantage of the many chances you have to study and participate in your courses and Faculties. However, while doing so, always remember where you are from, and the morals that were instilled in you by your parents. It is important to make the right choices in school, and always seek advice from your elders before making important decisions. 

Any other information you would like to share? 
I would just like to wish all USP Students a fruitful 2013. 


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