Tina Jackson is FAWG’s newest recipient for the Association’s Scholarship Fund which pays for the tuition fees of selected young women studying in non-traditional fields at the Fiji National University (FNU). She is 19 years of age and is in her second year of studying Aircraft Engineering (Mechanical) at FNU. Recently, we caught up with Tina and we interviewed her for this particular series.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m originally from Savusavu where I had most of my primary schooling until class 8 when I moved to Suva to study in Dudley Intermediate, and then Dudley High School. I am the youngest of four, and I have two sisters and a brother. I’m currently on my third stage of study in the field of Aircraft Engineering (mechanical) in Nadi.
My hobbies are reading, swimming, listening to music and socialising. I consider myself to be independent, loud at times, a team player and sometimes impatient :-).
Who has influenced your life greatly and why?
My mother is my inspiration. She brought all of us up when my father passed away 17 years ago. She continues to work hard to give us the best of everything… Her hard work and sacrifices for my siblings and I have motivated me to become someone in life and repay her for all she has done.
Why did you choose to study Aircraft Engineering?
I chose to study this course because I have always been interested in it. It is looked at primarily as a man’s field of work, and that is a challenge that I look forward to.
How is this Scholarship helping you?
This scholarship takes the load off my Aunty who was previously paying for my tuition. The course costs around $4000 per stage! Without FAWG’s help, it would be very difficult for me to continue.
Do you have a message of inspiration for other young women out there?
To young women out there, nothing is impossible. It just takes hard work and perseverance. Always honour your elders, in my case I honour my Mother. Have fun and enjoy yourself while studying or in whatever you do, but keep your goals in mind.