Fatma Abdou, 27, Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice)
Fatma, how were you feeling before you started, and now after a few weeks?
I was stressed before I began, but I’m so happy to be studying in the First Year Model – I feel privileged to part of it. Just being accepted into my course was so exciting for me. I love that I can pursue a career that I really love. I was a stay-at-home mum of three – and now I’m ready to focus on myself, but I love that I can still be around for my kids.
How has the First Year Model helped you stay organised?
As you can imagine, with three children, I have a really busy schedule. But with the First Year Model, I focus on one subject while at uni, and have time for my children when at home. I can be really organised – I have three-hour classes three times a week. So I’ve been able to balance my busy life. I can come to the gym in the morning and then I come to class. I finish in time to pick my kids up from school so everyone’s happy.
Do you feel like you’re getting enough support in class?
The classes are small, so if you need one-one-one attention, you can get it without having to wait. Getting to know my classmates has been easier too. I thought, “I’m just going to come to uni and focus on my studies, I’m not going to have time to be sociable,” but as soon as I got into my class I made friends; it’s been fun.