Name: Hanadi Hoblos
What is your dream?
My dream is to become a scientist, particularly looking at the human body on a cellular level and the physiological interactions that take place. My immediate goal is to get more experience in research, and I will achieve this with the right resources, and gaining more experience in the laboratory. I enjoy observing, learning and trying to understand the beautiful patterns in nature and look forward to growing in my academic and professional experience to fully demonstrate the importance of these topics through education and good communication skills.
Tell us a bit about you.
I come from a Lebanese family which migrated to Australia in the 1980s. When I reached Year 7, I became incredibly passionate about science and started dreaming of becoming scientist. Half way through high school I become increasingly more interested in visual arts and philosophy, and continue to pursue these hobbies to enrich my life and well being.
How have you demonstrated commitment?
In a way, my dedication to my dream has been a way to escape the hardship I was experiencing, by looking inward to what really fascinates me and going with it as far as possible.
What challenges do you face?
Overall, I face challenges using time productively to find a balance between study, work, family and friends. I also would like achieve better outcomes with my current research project and make the most out of my strengths and experience to fully and truly demonstrate my ideas and reason for being so fascinated by the life sciences.
How will you use the money?
A scholarship will significantly allow me to support myself and allow me to commit more time to achieving my goals. This scholarship will enable me to fulfil more of my capabilities and make the most of the great opportunities available to me, such as my current research project at the Biomedical Discovery Institute at Monash University. Moreover, the sisSTARs program will put me in the right direction towards achieving my goals including the mentoring and general great positive reinforcement from other amazing young women.
How do you plan to give back?
Mentoring young people has been my focus since entering university. After graduating from an under-represented school, I became a role model to students at my Islamic school, particularly those interested in the arts. I have given back to the community in many ways, including being a workshop facilitator for UN Youth Victoria, organising campaigns and events for refugee health, and assisting with educational programs at Melbourne Museum. In 2017, I will continue my experience as a community leader with the Access Monash Program.