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Our student success stories - Meet Raghad Zuraiki

Raghad Zuraiki, BSc Mathematics (2020), shared her heartfelt and inspiring journey with us: from her time in Syria to her arrival in the UK, as well as her brilliant academic record in maths which, against all odds, led her to become the woman she is today. 

 

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Having arrived in England in 2014 as a refugee from Syria, I was not only entering a new country with very limited English but I had also missed a year of education due to the Syrian war. Fast forward seven years, I am now fluent in the English language and have progressed to become a confident woman with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. Alongside my studies, I have taken many responsibilities at Queen Mary including Course Representative, President of Queen Mary's Arab Society, Maths Ambassador and Queen Mary's Buddy Scheme Mentor. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence as part of the DeepMind Scholarship programme at Queen Mary University of London. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities and also the challenges that I have faced, as this is what helped me grow and become who I am today.

There were times back in Syria when I thought I would not even be alive the next day; there were countless times when I couldn't even have a very basic conversation with my classmates when I first arrived in the UK. The idea of continuing my education back then was impossible.

Raghad Zuraiki, BSc Mathematics (2020)