By KELVIN JOE
JIM Harold Amos loves his new position as president of the University of Goroka students’ representative council.
Jim, 24, knows that his peers have potential to do great things in life and just need motivation to achieve their goals.
“Some of the world’s greatest leaders such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who led India’s freedom movement, always motivated their fellow people to achieve goals.
“You will be satisfied when you guide people onto the right track until they reach their final destination.”
Jim was born on June 14, 1996 at the Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital (now Kundiawa General Hospital) to Helen and Harold Tala Amos. He is the third eldest in a family of six. The family is from Molgime village (Yuri) in Gumini, Chimbu.
“ I learnt the most from the SDA church youth leadership programme. I like taking risks and doing something different.”
He completed Grade Six at the Kerowagi Primary School and Grade Seven at the North Goroka Demonstration Primary School in Eastern Highlands. He went back to Chimbu and completed Grade Eight at the Miunde Primary School in 2010, then to Kerowagi Secondary School where he completed Grade 12 in 2014.
He took up a Science Foundation course at UOG in 2015.
During his second year there, he changed course and enrolled at the University of PNG but withdrew in 2017 for personal reasons.
He was readmitted to UOG in 2018 to take up a Bachelor of Education programme, majoring in Biology and Chemistry. He was elected Student Representative Council president in November last year from the 16 students who contested.
“The universities were operating without students representative councils for three years after a students’ unrest in 2016. We had to start anew.”
Leadership in nothing new to Jim.
At primary school, he was always picked as class captain. He was also the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Students Union president at Kerowagi Secondary in 2014 and Chimbu Adventist Student Association president in 2016.
In church, he was a Pathfinder leader, class teacher and youth leader.
Jim learned at a young age about the two paths of life – the worldly path and God’s path.
He was told to pick the path that leaves footprints so there is a trail behind him.
“This inspired me at an early age to do something different and leave a trail for others to follow.”
Jim tries his hand on many things and never hesitates to face challenges during his Christian and education journey.
In 2018, he led a Christian group call Visionary visiting communities in need of services. They organise fundraising drives during the school year.
“Our group travels to places around the country to help communities build churches, aid posts, classrooms and bridges. We also conduct awareness on education, health and social issues.”
Jim knows that one can be unstoppable if one has faith in God.
“I learnt the most from the SDA church youth leadership programme. I like taking risks and doing something different.”
As the UOG student council president, he plans to work with his counterparts from other universities to start exchange programmes during the academic year.
Jim believes that to be successful in life, one needs motivation to push on and never give up hope.
“Do not let the criticism, anger and low self-esteem overcome you to achieve your goal. Always have a positive attitude and encourage yourself to be a fighter.”