I initially found it a big challenge that all of a sudden my studies were limited to the one area: science. I’d always been used to having a bit of a release in classes like English Literature and French to give the other side of the brain a bit of a workout. So when I started studying engineering I had to get used to the fact that maths and physics would be my all day, everyday.
The GAF scholarship allowed me to move on campus and live with other students who were going through similar transitions. Within my first week on college I managed to locate all the engineering students in my building and it was fantastic to pick up all the tips needed to really enjoy my studies.
The biggest, and most obvious, benefit would be the financial help. This scholarship covers a large majority of my living costs each year. I come home and attend meal times with all the other students on college and it’s like having a big extended family dinner. I hope that one day I’ll be in a stable financial situation to give back to The George Alexander Foundation in return for what they have given me.
Benefits that I didn’t expect are the networking benefits of being a GAF scholarship recipient. The breakfasts that are held and various meet-and-greets mean that I can meet other like-minded students.
I’m a member of the Griffith Honours College, Vice President of UNSA GU (United Nations Student Association of Griffith University) and attend various Cancer Council events throughout Brisbane on behalf of the University. Being a GAF scholarship recipient means I have funds to spend in other areas of the community, such as donating to charities and travelling around Brisbane to attend charity events.
I’ve always loved the stimulating challenge of a difficult maths problem. It’s so rewarding to finally crack something you’ve been working on for hours. It works the brain in a way that other things in life can’t.