As a young person, a refugee from Malaysia, and the daughter of a single mother, I didn’t feel like I could go to university. I felt that I had a very different upbringing, experiences, and ways of thinking to other students.
I had no previous knowledge of the required chemistry and sociology and so I couldn't take the typical pathway into nursing.
The Aspire Program helped give me confidence and motivation. They gave me the ability to study. I felt that if someone else believed in me and I was doing well enough to receive a scholarship, I could excel and graduate.
My Aspire scholarships also opened my eyes to all the opportunities out there. They allowed me to meet lots of people. As a result, I was invited to many events and had several work placements.
I now enjoy studying nursing full-time at Charles Darwin University.