A pathway to a dream

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 becoming a doctor.


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"Everything changed when I got a chance to come here.

I enrolled at VU in 2009, to complete a Certificate III in Written and Spoken English. I then undertook a pathway from TAFE nursing studies 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 working as a registered nurse 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 also gave me the confidence I needed to put what I learned in class into practice.

I plan to continue my education by studying a Master of Nursing, specialising in emergency or Cardiac Care. My long-term goal is to become a doctor.

I believe education is everything. If you stop learning, you start dying."

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