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Word watch: Ten pound Poms. She remembers the English classes started almost immediately after she arrived, in a small classroom behind the FIT campus.

She studied hard under the "amazing lady, teacher and mentor, Jackie Woodroffe", who ran the English classes and then helped all the students enrol at FIT. She also worked with many of her classmates from her English and FIT courses.

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The accounting course was "like climbing mountains" and she was only hoping for a pass. She was able to channel her fears, put all her efforts into "just passing" and came out on top. When Quynh received a letter from FIT out of the blue informing her that she had been granted a scholarship, it was a very proud and heart-warming moment.

She remembers the feeling very vividly and thinks of the letter as constant reminder that her effort and hard work was recognised. Quynh now translates documents and writes reports for Amnesty International on human rights abuse cases in Vietnam.


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She has not returned to Vietnam since arriving in Australia and has heard many sad stories from friends who have travelled back to their hometown of Dalat. Quynh was the recipient of the Jeffrey Cheah Scholarship in and, in appreciation of this support, she has sponsored a student award in memory of her sister, My-Linh pictured on the left. My-Linh passed away during her second year at the University of Melbourne while studying for a degree in Medicine.

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