I was born in Somalia during the civil war in 1994. My parents sacrificed everything they had to give me and my siblings a better future. We registered for the UN refugee office in Syria and after a while we were accepted as refugees. We migrated to Australia in mid-2006. I was 12 years old.
I started high school with only one year of primary education. I was excited because I really wanted to go to university after high school, but I was afraid about not fitting in with students who were fluent in English. I was always scared to speak up because I was never comfortable about my accent.
In 2013, I got accepted into La Trobe to study accounting - I was the only person in my household to finish school and go to university.
During my studies, I volunteered at a many different organisations. I am currently studying abroad in America at the State University of New York. Working outside the classroom helped me gain more self-confidence, autonomy and appreciation for others’ differences and similarities. By living and studying in a foreign country, I have learned a lot about myself as a person.
I am excited to come back to La Trobe and finish my bachelor’s degree. After my undergraduate, I’m planning on doing the MBA program.
- Abdifatah Ibrahim, Bachelors of Accounting, 3rd year.
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'I am Melbournian but my family came from Somalia in the 90's. I am very grateful that I can speak fluent English because you know for my mum it's still hard. She speaks Somali and I do too, I mean a bit, but people can tell I wasn't born in Somalia. I visited there in 2011 and it was really interesting to see where my parents were born. It was kind of scary as well, I felt like an outsider. I am Australian. We, Australians, are happy and friendly people. We'll help anyone. I want to help too and become an English teacher. Right now, I am studying Japanese and I dream of working overseas in the future. If I were able to be an independent successful woman overseas and happy at the same time, this would be my greatest achievement!'
Khadija Ibrahim, 19 y.o, Diploma of Language [Japanese], loving our 'diverse uni'.
Congratulations to LIMS PhD Candidate Georgia Atkin-Smith! Georgia was involved in research that used time-lapse microscopy to capture a never-before seen phenomenon: the complex stages of death of a human white blood cell. Now she's won the People’s Choice award at the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards!
Ever felt afraid when your partner was drinking? Give your views for this confidential research study: bit.ly/1egumna
Welcome back to campus guys. Hope you had a good day!
Welcome to Day 1, Week 1. Have a great one! Don't stress - you'll smash it (and we're here if you have questions)
Is there a sweeter sight on campus than a smiling face under a mortarboard? Congratulations to our newest crop of graduates - we can't wait to see what you do next!