Alumni

Student story - Diana Hysenaj

Diana is a first-year Politics and International Relations student at Queen Mary University of London. Diana is of Albanian heritage and one of six siblings in her family. She attended a state school in Newham and within the first generation in her family to go to university. 

Diana Hysenaj, Annual Fund recipient (2020-2022)

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"I remember attending a very interesting workshop on Politics and International relations in College, run by Queen Mary Lecturer, Dr James strong (who is now my current Module Convenor). I enjoyed the workshop so I decided to learn more about Queen Mary and the course in which I’m now enrolled in.

"My studies are going well so far. I find my course very interesting and look forward to learning more. Because of the pandemic, remote learning has often brought challenges, however, I’ve been able to navigate through the issues I have been faced with. I’m continuing to work hard, and I do feel supported by the university during these unprecedented times.

"I work part-time as a Fuse Designer in East London. I work with five other designers to create solutions that will benefit local young people and businesses. I collaborate with a range of organisations to make this possible (The Plug Youth Innovation Agency, Hackney Quest, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, London Legacy Development Corporation) and respond to the complex challenges young people in east London face. I started this role in October, and it’s been very exciting as I get to create solutions, be creative and write reports. In my spare time, I volunteer with iamtheCODE as a global and life skill mentor for those who are living in refugee camps. I’ve also been volunteering with my local food bank to support people through this Pandemic.

"I feel so grateful to be a recipient of this award. When I made my application, I wrote why I needed the scholarship and how it can help during my time at university, so I’m glad this has come to a realisation. The funding has enabled me to join the AKPsi Society which aims to give students access to workshops and events to gain industry insight and build their personal development. The funding has also helped me buy my course resources.

"Students are constantly worried about being able to pay for basic resources and finances after graduating. I think students who are facing financial hardships are often unable to take part in events or society and make the most of their university experience.

"I don’t specifically know what I’d like to do after I graduate but I would like to explore my career options during my time here. I am still keen to continue volunteering, perhaps work for a non-profit organisation or find a role that challenges me.

"Thank you very much to the alumni who funded my award, I won’t forget your generosity. This scholarship has helped me progress in university and I’m looking forward to what’s to come!"