Meet Our 2018 Young Achievers: Akhtar Abdul Hadi
In 2018 Atira Student Living partnered with the University of Queensland Young Achievers Program (UQYAP) to provide five fully-funded residential scholarships, helping hardworking and dedicated domestic students to achieve their academic goals.
UQYAP supports the tertiary study and career aspirations of senior secondary school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who might not otherwise have access to university.
Broadly, the focus of the program is on nurturing and developing the educational ambitions of participants through mentoring, financial assistance and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.
Developed by UQYAP and Atira Student Living, this exciting initiative provides the necessary support for students to overcome some of the challenges involved in transitioning from high school to university and enables them to achieve their full potential.
Designed to enrich educational experiences, the scholarship grant not only supports students by removing the financial pressures of living out of home, but also provides a place to for them to thrive holistically.
“The partnership between UQ and Atira is providing great opportunities for deserving Young Achievers students during their first year of study.” – Steve Forster, Acting Director, Domestic Recruitment, The University of Queensland
Akhtar Abdul Hadi
Akhtar moved from Pakistan to Australia in 2014 with the hope of achieving his dreams and working hard toward reaching his academic goals. Now well on his way, he is currently studying a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education at the University of Queensland. He attended high-school in Toowoomba, and it was in grade 10 when his science teacher applied for the UQ Young Achiever’s Program on his behalf, knowing it would be of great benefit and help Akhtar go further in his educational pursuits.
“Receiving the scholarship has made a huge, huge difference. I can say this is a life-changing scholarship for me because without out it, I don’t think I would have ended up in Uni, or this amazing place. I can’t thank the Atira organisers and the UQYAP enough for giving me this opportunity and this great pathway for me to achieve my dreams.”
When asked about his first impression of Atira Glen Rd, Akhtar’s face lights up, and his excitement is palpable.
“As soon as I walked in, I said ‘this is where I want to be, this is amazing.’ The building itself is amazing, the rooftop, the media room, the theatre room, and my favourite, the games room. It’s a great place to be, especially for first-year students, and even more so for me, coming from a place outside of Brisbane. The transition from Toowoomba to Brisbane was basically seamless.”
Akhtar spoke about the importance of first-year students making friends and adapting to their new learning and living environments, and says his experience is going great so far. Working in partnership with UQ, Atira Student Living not only provides a place to live, but also deliver opportunities for enriching academic experiences, personal growth, and vital stepping stones for their future careers.
“I’ve made a lot of friends in Atira, a lot of friends in UQ, and this is the great thing about Atira, you can make friends easily with a mix of international and domestic students, and the social life is pretty amazing. It’s great to be a part of such a positive environment.”
With Atira’s involvement, the UQ Young Achiever’s Program has continued to provide a valuable support framework and enabled participating students to realise their potential.
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