Eye-opening experiences

Students learn about USP and what it offers

14-Woodford students during a visit to the USP SI science labolatory

Woodford international school students. Photo: Stephen Diisango.

HUNDREDS of students from schools in and around Honiara flocked the University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands campus yesterday to be part of its annual open day event.

The open day, which attracted students from about 10 secondary schools, was an eye-opener for those attending the event for the first time.

“This is an eye opener for me,” Rodney Smith, a form five student of Numbu Community high school in the remote northeast Guadalcanal told the Solomon Star.

Young Smith said despite the remoteness from his school to Honiara he boarded the school truck early yesterday to attend the occasion.

“To tell my career pathway it’s good to first know about USP’s functions and what they’re offering.

“I hope to attend USP in the future,” he added.

He said that what got his attention and interest is the live video conferencing.

“I am amazed to see how lecturers from USP at Laucala in Fiji and students from all USP centres over the region can come together and learn through live video conferencing.

“This is amazing and interesting. I want to be part of this live video conferencing in the future.”

Geroldin Chester, a form three student of Burns Creek Adventist School, shared similar sentiments.

9-St Josehp Tenaru students during a library tour

Visiting high school students during the open day. Photo: Stephen Diisango.

“This is my first time and I really enjoy it. The experience was so exciting,” Geroldin said.

“I hardly know about USP functions, what programs it offered and even the facilities it provided to its students to enable them do their studies on such mode.

“Now that I have this great opportunity to know about USP, am thinking of joining the University (USP) in the near future,” Geroldin added.

A form six arts student of St Nicholas College, who could not hold back his eagerness, said he’ll join USP next year.

“Since USP SI campus is offering preliminary and foundation programmes, it’s good next year I’ll register to continue with studies here (USP SI).

“Thank you USP SI for giving us this opportunity to know about USP. This is a valuable experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, Frank Masa, who is currently undertaking foundation studies at USP SI Campus, said that since enrolling at USP he really enjoyed his time and studies at the institution, describing it as one of the best universities in the region.

Young Masa said he was unfortunate to make it to form seven in 2014 but with the help from his parents and friends who studied at USP, he decided to join USP SI Campus in 2015.

The open day yesterday was a success with the public, especially students, having the chance to ask USP staff questions and learn about the functions and programs the University is offering.

The open day concluded with cultural performances.