My name is Joycelyn, I’m from Nagovis in the Bana District and I work as a Records Clerk at the Division of Local Level Government.
I was born on the 20th of April 1985 and am the first born in a family of four siblings – two boys and two girls. However I was brought up in another family, when I was about 8 years old, I was adopted by my aunt (my mother’s sister), she was married to a man from Siwai and they had no children.
In 1994, I did elementary and did grade 1 to 8. In 2002, I was selected to attend Bana Provincial High School. I did Grade 11 and 12 at Hotjena High School. Unfortunately I did not receive any offers to attend further tertiary education.
I went to Rabaul and wanted to get a qualification in computer studies. I did a 9 month course there followed by some job experience with the Rabaul Urban Council.
In 2008, I tried to get into teacher’s college because my aim was to become a teacher. I applied but was not accepted because my marks were not good enough.
I struggled looking for employment after not being able to get into any of the colleges I had applied for. I eventually found work in one of the Chinese shops in Rabaul.
In 2009 I enrolled in a course for local level government management which lasted six months. I did my practical at the LLG Division in Buka for four months.
In 2011, I got married but we do not have any children yet.