Masar Yalad escaped two wars in the Middle East before he came to Australia – then a scholarship gave him the chance to realise his dreams at RMIT.
“I didn’t believe it when we arrived in Australia – I was afraid something might go wrong and we would have to go back to Iraq, where we are originally from, or Syria, where we lived as refugees. I was worried about where I was going to go.
When I was accepted into the Bachelor of Science at RMIT, I was worried about not getting a high distinction – that I would just get a pass. I said I will do my best and if I end up failing, at least I've tried.
When I saw my results for the first semester, I didn’t believe it –I achieved more than what I expected.
After that semester, I was told that biomedical science is a pathway to medicine.
I sought to transfer to a biomedical course at RMIT. Then I was accepted to transfer to the second year of a double degree program! And the scholarship office agreed to transfer my scholarship to the new program.
I was very excited to receive a scholarship – such an honour and a great comfort to me.
People who donate to scholarships give their money to help students. To me it’s the same – I will work as a doctor to help people.
My family is grateful and proud. They always admire my hard work.
My scholarship motivates me to work towards my goal, while the generosity of the donors inspires me to do my best. In a way, getting good marks is like me giving back, showing my donor I’m very grateful.
The scholarship also encourages me to get involved and give something back to the University. I am involved in voluntary programs that allow me to engage in Open Day, orientation, assisting new students and the Student Staff Consultative Committee. This is the social aspect of my studies.
Everything is perfect now. When we came here, the main goal was just to stay alive. I didn’t want to be a student, I just wanted to live my life. Now I am excited about all the things I am doing at RMIT, some I never thought possible.”