To be successful, you have to work hard.
Iosefa Tamaia from Manono knows this.
At 18-years-old, Iosefa understands that if he doesn’t pull his socks up and dig deep, he will not make it.
Iosefa is a student and a prefect at Punaoa Technical Centre. He wants to become a mechanic.
“I go to school because I want to become a mechanic in the future,” he told the Village Voice.
“This is something that I really want to do when I grow older not only for me but also to help my parents.
“We all know the cost of living that we’re trying to cope with today is not that easy but that pushes me to do well in school.”
Iosefa said his father is the only one who works in the family. Which is what motivates him to complete his studies and find a job.
“I want to help put an end to the struggle,” he said.
As for his choice of career, he said there are big opportunities ahead.
“I know we are going to have more cars especially that the government is again allowing the left hand drives on the road.
“And the costs of fixing cars are also going to be expensive.
“This is why I want to pursue my dream of fixing people’s cars for a very low price.”
Iosefa said his parents always “push him to school.”
“I think they don’t want anything for me but a better future.
“They want me to do well in school because they believe that education is the key to success. So for now, I’m still working to accomplish that dream of mine.
“I don’t want to grow older and do nothing in life, but to help the people of Samoa in any way I can.
“My father is a bus driver and he provides for us financially. He is a hardworking man and I love him unconditionally.”
Iosefa’s message to the other young people of Samoa is simple.
“Listen and obey,” he said.
“That’s the only way to success; the thing is we can’t go on in this life without the support of our family especially our parents.
“For them to continue in supporting us, we have to obey, listen then complain after. If we listen and obey, then we can easily see good things come our way.”
Iosefa is the eldest of three siblings.