I moved to the UK from Bangladesh when I was 12. English wasn’t my first language so I was very self-conscious and not popular amongst my peers. We didn’t have a permanent home and I had nowhere to study which made my home life very difficult and unstable. The one thing I was certain of was that I wanted to change my situation. I wanted a happy life.
Back then I hardly ever opened up about my problems, as I was scared people would judge me and my family. Then Arrival Education happened. I was selected to join their Success for Life programme and it felt so special to be one of 20 students chosen out of 180 in my year. I was taken on a journey, which not only made me feel confident and popular, it also made me certain that I could achieve whatever I wanted. Visiting businesses and meeting their people - who were so accepting and were amazed by me - only helped to make me dream bigger.
The work experience and networking opportunities made me want to become a leader like them. Through Arrival Education, I opened up and started sharing, which allowed people to contribute invaluable help. This made all the difference.
Regardless of coming to this country at the age of 12, regardless of having no permanent home or residence status for the first 5 years, I still managed to achieve a 2:1 degree in Economics from a Russell Group University, buy myself a car, and buy my family a house.
I believe that by understanding my past experiences, and the other contributions Arrival gave me, I have contentment with myself and my future choices.”
Anaams name has been changed to keep her anonomity.