Hi all, I have just returned from my two week trip to Fiji. When I was about to leave I was very nervous about the trip. Since being over in Fiji, I am so very glad I had the opportunity to go.
I created many new friendships with lovely students and had the opportunity to talk to many PhD students and researchers who gave me advice about future study pathways, which has been very helpful to me and helped me focus my direction of study. I had the opportunity to see the culture over in Fiji, the local people were always very nice and helpful, and I also got to visit the University of USP and discuss the research which was being conducted over in Fiji by students.
This trip was an experience which I will never forget and one I will always be grateful for. I was with a great group of students and lectures, with which I formed friendships with and was so lucky to have meet. This trip was my first overseas and it has opened my eyes to how other cultures live, what research is being conducted and how overseas. From being involved in the research and conducting field work, I feel I have learnt a lot more than what I would have in a class room and this trip has provided me with so much practical experience and knowledge which I wouldn’t have otherwise received, and allowed me to gain more confidence and exposed me to future study possibilities which I never knew existed before.
I encourage anyone who is thinking about applying for a scholarship to take advantage of any opportunities for research overseas, as it is an experience you will never forget and it can open up so many new study and career opportunities for you. I loved it, and the trip as well as the people I met, will be something I will always look back on and be and be thankful for.
Louise Mittiga, a Bachelor of Science student, is participating in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Across the Pacific in Fiji in 2016