Hamid is a young man from Afghanistan who was referred to RSN three years ago because he faced big barriers in progressing to university. However, Hamid persevered through these and many other challenges and is now in his second year at Brighton University studying engineering. We’ll never forget the day he came into our office to show us his student card!
We have been have been so impressed by Hamid’s determination through uncertainty, his diligence in his studies, his mature attitude and remarkable kindness. We’re so proud of how well he is doing at university and we were delighted to give him an award for educational achievement at our recent fundraising dinner.
Here's Hamid's story in his own words:
I came to the UK from Afghanistan when I was 16 years old. The reason of my journey was the conflict, which resulted losing both my parents. This wasn’t the only problem, first I had to face the pain of losing my parents, then the lonely journey which had no direction…I mean I didn’t know where I was going…only to run for the safety of my life. And now I had to lose education which was the only hope that kept me going to succeed, the desire to become a useful independent educated person in society.
The problem with education started when I was at the process of my application to university. I was told that I couldn't study at university due to my temporary status.
At that point of my life I felt like being on the edge of disaster. RSN came along and especially after meeting with RSN’s staff member Sarah, I started all of a sudden being optimistic and believing that there is still hope.
Sarah helped me to communicate my situation to the university which had offered me a place and to secure extra financial support from this university to be able to start my course. I started to thinking that there is someone that can listen to me and really understand me. This was a great turning point in my life and I would never forget the hope that RSN and Sara gave me.
Finally I came to the point that I am so amazed of how much support I received. I finally managed to find my way into university with full support from RSN, especially Emily who helped me and guided me step by step during this process.
I am now in my second year at Brighton University studying engineering. I am extremely thankful to all those kind people who helped me during this process. I would like to personally thank RSN for the incredible help that they offered me and giving me reasons to hope and dream once again. Finally I would like to send a strong message to all those people who have the same issue as I had that there is still hope.
Hamid speaks at QQA annual conference
In 2016, Hamid spoke at QAA's annual conferences about his experiences of getting to university.
(This can also be found on page 7 of QAA's conference magazine)
Hamid runs training for staff at his university
In 2017, Hamid helped run RSN training for Brighton University staff about how staff at institutions like theirs can better support young asylum seekers to succeed in higher education.
One of the participants told us,
"It was great to have a Brighton student who is a refugee helping with the session - hearing his story was very useful and inspiring. Thank you!"