By Zahra Nazari

    I am Zahra Nazari. I am from Afghanistan, a country that is full of kind and hard-working people and has an ancient culture and civilisation. Unfortunately, now Afghanistan is in the hands of the Taliban. 

    I came to Australia in December 2021, the year that Taliban invaded Afghanistan.

    When I came to Australia, I was 18 years old so I had finished high school in my country and I could not go to school here. My English was not good, also I did not know anything about Australia and how to continue my study here.

    So I asked my friend who has been here for a long time. She recommended the Western Melbourne English Language Program (WMEP) at Victoria University. Then in 2022, I started studying English in WMEP in Footscray. At the start, it was hard and very different and I could not understand it because the system of teaching in Australia is very different from my country. But when I understood, I enjoyed studying here and I am so pleased that I started my study here. They do not teach just English, they teach us computing and many other things that we need in our life. I met a lot of people and it is not just my English course, it is my life course that taught me many things about life.

    I have a lot of plans for my future study. I will do it, but I always remember that this course made me a really hard-working person with a plan for my future. First I have plans for my English to be at a high level. Then I would love to study accounting so I will start from Certificate IV in Accounting and I will continue. I love maths and working with numbers. 

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