1. Tell us a little bit about yourself before you came to the University of MelbourneI've been at the University for a while now. I'll be finishing it up at the end of this year after completing my Honours. I actually first got involved with the University in Year 12 through the extension program so I feel like I've been rattling around for a while now. Before then I was a student at Strathmore Secondary College and I always knew I wanted to end up at the University of Melbourne.
Although I am the first person in my family to attend university in Australia, my family has always prioritised education and academic excellence. Thus growing up, the University of Melbourne was always the goal, with not much consideration for a second option.
It has been an extraordinary journey for Eric, who came to Australia from Kigali in Rwanda in 2009 at the age of seventeen. He accompanied four younger siblings and his mother, who was accepted into the country on a ‘women-at-risk’ refugee protection visa.
Before moving to the University of Melbourne I had grown up overseas. Whilst I was 13 and living in England, I was offered a life changing opportunity to travel to the other side of the world for a school exchange.