I had an opportunity to better my life and took it. I am interested in rugby and that is the main reason that I came to MHS. This would help me further my career in rugby. I played for the 1st XV and in the North Harbour rugby competition. There were a lot of training, games, and exposure to the rugby culture in New Zealand. I played No. 8 and was part of the leadership group of the MHS 1st XV. A diverse school which took me a couple to months to adjust to the different way of life in the school and New Zealand. Being a multi-cultural school (students and staff) helped settle in.
I chose the following subjects - Business Studies, Accounting, Sports Academy, Maths and Tourism. I chose the first four because they were my interests and I thought they would help me further my studies in Business. This would be a back-up plan for my rugby pathway.
The things I enjoyed were the welcoming spirit and the overall atmosphere of the students and teachers. Being exposed to different cultures helped me feel at home, because I was born in Fiji, and there were similarities in all the different cultures we have at Massey High School. I managed to get along well with students from different cultures and became good friends with them, including students that I never really thought I would be friends with. I got along well with my teachers, and they helped me when I needed more explanation in specific subject areas.
I was involved in Puawai Bati (which was a Māori and Pasifika leadership programme). This was a programme that embraced Māori and Pasifika cultures and anyone that was interested could be involved, if they had the right intentions and helped out where they could with these intentions.
My end goal was to get a secured contract playing rugby overseas. I have achieved this (3-year contract) and will be going to Japan to play rugby and further my studies at tertiary level. I also want to learn how to speak Japanese and learn about the Japanese culture during my time there. This is a good opportunity for me as this year there was a bit of uncertainty as to what was going to happen to me. Eventually, I would like to complete a degree in Business Studies in Japan. This will enable me to have more security for my future if any unforeseen or unfortunate circumstances occur.
Many people helped during my time at MHS. Nicki and her whānau for being a loving and caring whānau. Brendan Curran for his guidance and helping with my decision making. Mrs Cranston for her support with academic counselling and constant reminders to keep focussed. All my teachers for being helpful during my time at MHS. With hard work and the support of all my teachers, I achieved NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance.