In 1964, College fees were the equivalent of $648, now they’re $30,000 a year. For a student this is pretty hard. But I’ve been able to make ends meet due to a College scholarship funded by a past student valued at half the yearly fees, along with the money I earn from a weekend job. I am so grateful to be here. College is like a family that looks after me, everyone here is like my best friend. I feel so at home and it’s helped me grow as a person. I can now pursue my dream and study Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, and hopefully one day find a cure for malaria!
The plan was to stay at St. Hilda’s College as a resident tutor for one-year. I stayed for seven, that's approximately a quarter of my life living at the college. After finishing my Master of Engineering, in 2013 I enrolled into PhD research in the fields of earthquake and structural engineering. It has been quite a journey, lots of highs and lots of lows, but I certainly could not have gotten through it without the support I received from St. Hilda’s College. I was fortunate to be the recipient of the Pam Todd Scholarship twice, which helped support some experimental research outside of my PhD. I was also fortunate to receive a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, which will fund a one-year postdoctoral research programme working at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics laboratory. The friendship and support at St. Hilda’s College has been invaluable and life changing.
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St Hilda's College is a living community and residential college on campus at the University of Melbourne.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurrundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Owners of the land upon which our college is situated. We pay our respect to all the Elders of Indigenous students who call St Hilda’s home. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community, the University of Melbourne, and the wider world.