New-Zealand born Fijian, Teuila Nawadra couldn’t have been more proud of her achievements at Robert Louis Stevenson Secondary School.
Over the past 16 years she spent in Samoa because of her father’s work commitments, she has come to learn and appreciate the Samoan culture and the education system.
She studied at Vaiala Beach Primary School before enrolling at Robert Louis Stevenson School at Form 2 level, where she only had two friends.
Now Teuila finishes off with the memorable experience she has had with great friends she made in her five years of education at the school.
Among other awards she won, including being ranked second to the Dux, the Year 12 student also scooped the top Accounting student award.
“I want to be an accountant as you can see with this award I received, so I will pursue further studies in New Zealand,” she told Samoa Observer.
“Graduating from a school where I had spent five years, it’s been a long journey, it means so much to me; finally we have come to the end of this journey. Hopefully it was a happy one for every one of us and we all feel the same.
“The award means so much to me because of all the hard work I put in, I am also proud because it also made my parents happy as well.”
Being the 2018 Head Girl of the school was a challenge for her because of the language barrier.
“Especially being a Fijian head girl, the challenge would be mostly the language barrier, and no I do not speak Samoan, but I understand only a little bit,” Teuila said.
“My most memorable experience would be meeting my new friends who I know I will remember for a long time, and hopefully we keep in touch, as well as the fond memories that we made.”
She attributed her success to God and her parents for their support throughout her studies.
“First I would like to thank the Lord for giving me the knowledge and wisdom to complete my education in high school as well as my family who supported me throughout this entire journey, and my teachers and friends who helped me in school when I needed help when everything was too hard for me to handle.”
Teuila’s message to students is: “believe in yourself because once you do, you can do great things in the future.”