Suzie Agha – Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
A drive to help people both within and outside her own family is what originally motivated Suzie Agha to pursue a university education. With the support of the E12 scheme to ease some of the financial pressure, she’s now also enjoying her studies in their own right.
"The main reason I wanted to go to uni was so I could help support my family. My parents have a lot of financial responsibilities, and I’d really like to be able to ease that struggle a bit. Plus in future I’d like to have and support a family of my own, hopefully. But I also feel that education is an ongoing journey, not something that ends after high school.
"The E12 scheme has really helped me financially with coming to uni. The resources I need for my course are quite expensive – particularly the textbooks – and the scholarship money has really helped a lot with those costs.
"When I started I found uni quite overwhelming and stressful. It was very different from high school and I felt isolated being away from all my friends. But eventually I made new friends here, and now I really like it – I even stay on campus after class now because I enjoy it so much!
"I’m doing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and hoping to become a speech pathologist when I graduate. I’m not sure yet whether I’d like to work with adults or children, but either way I think it will be really satisfying to be able to help people and make a big difference to their lives.
"If I had an opportunity to meet the people who support the E12 scheme I’d thank them so much for their generosity. Because of them the scheme is allowing me to experience uni, and relieving so much of the financial pressure. Plus the iPad is amazing – I love it! I do everything on it – all my lecture notes and everything – so it’s saving me a lot in paper and ink too!"