After escaping the Democratic Republic of Congo's civil war at 16 and spending three years in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Mlisho Karega came to Australia with the dream of joining the medical profession.
"Everything changed when I got a chance to come here. I enrolled at VU Polytechnic in 2009, to complete a Certificate III in Written and Spoken English. I then undertook a pathway from the Diploma of Nursing to complete my Bachelor of Nursing. As you can see I'm a VU boy.
The best thing about VU was the friendly, multicultural environment, and the amazing support I received from the teachers.
I'm currently a registered nurse in the cardiac care unit at Sunshine Hospital, a position I don't believe I would have gained had I not been given the chance to showcase my skills on placement. My placement is where I gained the confidence I needed to put what I learned in class into practice.
I've since undertaken further training in advanced life support and now I'm part of the Code Blue team. I love challenging myself and getting the annual extra training.
I plan to continue my education by undertaking further studies. My long-term goal is to become a doctor.
I believe education is everything. If you stop learning, you start dying."