My name is Meme.

I want to help new young people like me, because when I arrived in Australia for the first time I struggled.

close up image of an english dictionary

I didn’t know how to speak English when I arrived here. I had to learn lots of new words.

I applied for a volunteer position helping patients at a hospital, doing things like reading stories. But they didn’t accept me because I didn’t have fluent English.

If my English isn’t good, it doesn’t mean that I’m unskilled at other things.

assorted books and paperwork scattered across a surface

This is a photo of the books I am studying for the VCE. Studying is helping me a lot to achieve my long-term goal to be an architect.

When I studied English for new migrants it was very good, but I could only study English there.

Now I am studying more academic subjects that will help me to achieve my goals.

pavement mosaic of a book and a lady on either side with a message in braille

Education is really important for everyone because it gives them the chance to achieve their goals and to be better in society.

Lots of girls around the world don’t have the opportunity to study and achieve.

Education is essential, especially for girls my age.

Studying for my VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) is helping me to achieve my long-term goal, which is to become an Architect.

In the future I want to improve my community and help people with their education.

an image of a young woman in a hijab from her back

One of the things that doesn’t help me get a job easily is my hijab. Some people judge me for it before even knowing my personality.

When I applied to jobs they didn’t allow me to work with them because of my hijab.

I applied for a hospitality job with friends from my English class. They gave a job to all of my friends, but they didn’t call me back.

I believe this is because of my hijab.