Meet Hadiseh Samadyar: 2013 Newcomer Bursary Recipient
My name is Hadiseh Samadyar. I was born and raised in Iran however; my family is originally from Afghanistan. When I was a little girl I had no hope, about my life and what happen to me in the future. At the time what mattered was staying alive, having food to eat, and having a place to sleep at night. I dreamed of having my own room and going to school, but when I woke up the next morning, I realized these were just dreams it made me feel hopeless. I knew as refugees, we couldn't afford to have a different life, so I had to accept my life as it was. My family consists of my mother, my father, my two brothers, and my sister. My father and my older brother left Iran to go to Getrmany when I was six years old. This meant that I never got the chance to have a father-daughter day, I wasn't able to even give him a hug telling him how much he meant to me. Growing up without a father is hard, but I thank God every day for my mom. Who is hard working , caring and always made sure my silbings and I were taken care of. Even after living in Regina for seven years, my mom is still working endless hours in order to provide for our family.
Leaving everything in Iran and coming to Canada was probably the hardest thing I've done in my life but at the same time it was the best thing for all of us. Coming to Canada has meant that I able to go to school without worrying about being safe. When I first came to Canada I went to Huda School and studied there for three years. It was here that I first learned English and if it wasn't for the help of the teachers at the Huda School, I wouldn't be as successful as I am now.
Four years ago I started going to F.W. Johnson Collegiate. Coming to Johnson was whole new start for me. I didn't know anyone. However, as time went by, I got the chance to get to know new people, make really good friends, and meet some amazing teachers. I try to be as involved in school as I can. I have played soccer for three years and I have been in choir for four years. As well, I am the team manager for senior girls basketball, and have been a trainer for the football team. In addition to coaching soccer for the Vocational Students in my school, and have enjoyed giving back to the community in this way. Also, I have been involved with Diversity Day in order to create cultural awareness at my school and stay connected to my heritage. Finally, it is an honor to say that I'm a member of the S.R.C. as well. It is realy hard to maintain high marks, due to my high level of extracurricular marks, but I have been able to do this with hard work.
Next year I will be pursing my dreams of becoming a nurse. I have always liked helping people and being there for them in their time of need. My goals for this year was to get accepted in the University of Regina Nursing program, and I'm honored to say I reached my goal...I was accepted. With this nursing degree, I would love to be able to apply my skills and knowledge back to Afghanistan so that I could be a helpful person and make a difference in their lives.