Sina Asiata moved to New Zealand from Samoa at the age of 23 with a determination to find new opportunities.
Despite this being one of the hardest decisions she had to make, she has prospered.
“I’ll always be proud of being brave enough to come to New Zealand and start a new life. I hadn’t left Samoa before, or my parent’s house, and I thought I’d never be able to do it. I had to learn the value of working, the value of money, and hardest of all – learn to drive!”
A student’s journey
Sina arrived in 2011 as a student information advisor at the South Campus. She is now a programme administrator in the business school and says she is rewarded by helping students every day.
“In this role, you support all stages of a student’s experience at AUT: from when they start in Semester 1 to graduation.”
Sina’s favourite part of her role is seeing students walk across the stage at graduation.
Proud to be Samoan
Sina’s Samoan culture plays a big part in her role as a Programme Administrator.
“I have a passion for helping Pacific students. I understand where they’re coming from and I’m empathetic to their situations, and that sometimes they have other commitments outside of their university life.
“I’m able to talk to their parents to help them understand how important their child’s tertiary studies are in today’s world.
“It’s important I know my mother tongue so I’m able to converse with Samoan parents easily and gain their trust, as I speak their language but also because I am speaking on behalf of AUT.”
Sina says she wants to see more Pacific students succeed at university.
“My motivation is to help as many students as possible to walk across the stage at graduation and make sure they get all the support they need throughout their journey at AUT.”
Last updated: 17-Oct-2017 1.14pm
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