Ksenia developed her passion for advancing equity in society during her time as a Youth Worker in a residential care setting.
‘My role included advocating for disadvantaged young people by liaising with social workers and other professionals. I also spent time volunteering as a Youth Mentor with a young person from a refugee background. Both roles allowed me to see the disparities in opportunity between different societal groups.’
The scholarship has been instrumental in relieving Ksenia’s financial pressures and her daily juggle of study and work so that she can focus on her thesis.
‘I received the scholarship at a time where I was living in a share house, juggling two casual jobs, placement commitments and writing my master’s thesis,’ says Ksenia. ‘It allowed me to take some time out from paid work and prioritise completing my thesis by the end of the year.’
Ksenia is both grateful and honoured to receive the scholarship under the legacy of Associate Professor Francis Regan and says, ‘It has further motivated me to continue shaping my work around our shared passion for social justice, particularly by assisting young people to overcome challenging circumstances and encouraging new opportunities.’
‘Thank you to the donors for making the scholarship possible.’
After graduating, Ksenia plans to become a Registered Psychologist with a focus on complex youth mental health, and eventually opening a private psychology practice where she can continue working towards advancing equity within the youth population.
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