HSC STUDENT’S TOUGH JOURNEY
ADIJA Issa faced a variety of struggles in completing her HSC, not the least of which was travelling from Fairfield every day.
The Chifley College Bidwill Campus celebrated its 2015 HSC high achievers with an appreciation assembly last week.
The school honoured a wide range of students, from those who excelled in academics and sport to those who received university offers.
One who received widespread praise from students and teachers was Ms Issa.
The 19-year-old is a refugee who migrated to Australia just five years ago.
“I came over to Australia from Tanzania in 2010, when I was 13, and had to learn English. It was really hard to adapt to everything here,” Ms Issa said.
“I became homeless in the last year of school and a family friend from Fairfield took me in.
“I travelled all the way from Fairfield for the last year, so every morning I got up at 6am for school.
“I didn’t even think I was going to graduate. I was crying when I finished; I was going to drop out, but I made it.
“I pretty much got kicked out of home and my family friends were so supportive.”
Ms Issa is now searching for a childcare traineeship.
“I live in a refuge now and it feels like home – everyone there has been so amazing.” she said.
Fellow student Serena Edwards also celebrated her own achievements.
“I am really glad to get into university, as I am the first one in my family to even graduate high school,” Ms Edwards said.
“My mum was so proud, she cried when she found out. I had never seen my mum cry like that but she is a single mother of three kids, so she was very proud.”