Rubaba arrived in Australia from Pakistan in 2009 and is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) with support from an Orcadia Foundation Scholarship.
The transition into a new culture when I arrived in Australia was difficult. Now it feels less daunting to be in a really different environment in a different country, because there was someone willing to support me and my career.“
The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship supports RMIT students from migrant backgrounds and helped Rubaba make the transition into Australian life. “The transition into a new culture when I arrived in Australia was difficult. Now it feels less daunting to be in a really different environment in a different country, because there was someone willing to support me and my career.“
“The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship has helped me on a huge level, because it has paid off my textbooks, my laptop, transport to university, everything. I can concentrate on my studies and getting distinctions and high distinctions, instead of worrying about work“ she says.
Rubaba is passionate about helping others, especially young people. She has volunteered with CMY and YMAP, mentoring high school students.
“My aim in life is to help young people through art projects and mentoring. I can help people by giving back to the community, especially those who are going through the same thing that I went through. It’s like a cycle, someone would help me and in return, with the support of the scholarship, I would help someone else, so it goes around in a circle.“
The Orcadia Foundation Scholarship aims to make the lives of migrant students less of a struggle. It was established after the founder of the scholarship and his family relocated to Australia from the UK in 1972, who empathised with the difficulties faced by those relocating from very different cultures and environments.
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