Nadia Kapri completed her final semester of her Bachelor of Psychological Studies at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) through VU's student exchange program. At UTEP, not only was she an 'A' student, she also embraced the culture of University life as an intern, working at the Student Development Centre.
Before returning to Australia, Nadia also travelled and participated in a volunteer program teaching English in an orphanage in Guatemala.
"I always had a goal to go to university. I just didn't know if it was possible for me and for my family. I say family because there was no way I could afford it on my own, so it would be coming out of my family's pocket.
HECS is great but it does not pay for books, parking, transport tickets, bags, stationery and all the other costs.
I had always identified with VU. It was already somewhere I saw myself fitting in. It was close to home and I loved the look of VU, however knowing I could receive a scholarship for my hard work and dedication was something of an honour and it just made it more possible for me to actually pursue a degree.
As an achievement scholar I feel so honoured and privileged just to have the title - Achievement Scholar.
When I first started my degree, I had no idea my scholarship was made possible through the generosity of donors. When I found out, I was amazed at how people care for others and their futures.
The donors really provide amazing opportunities for the students who want to use the scholarship to its fullest potential.
The scholarship allowed me to feel as if I could do that little bit more in life without feeling like I am in huge debt. I was able to pay for my textbooks, and all the extra fees university requires. As a scholar, I was also able to participate in more life building skills such as public speaking, attending luncheons and networking. I think it's really important to have those skills in life.
I was so eager to involve myself in all of the opportunities VU had to offer. I was part of the Student Leadership team. I was the President of the Victoria University Greek Society. And I was a part of the Student Union and volunteered at all the Open Days.
I have such great memories - I don't have a favourite. I cannot believe I was fortunate enough to be able to do all the things I have done at VU. VU really tries to involve students in everything they do and that really makes VU shine against other universities!
I am currently working part time at a charity called Doxa Youth Foundation. It provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people. I love my job. However, I am very eager to continue my studies. I would love to have the opportunity to do Honours."