My name is Pelin and I am a student. I like living in peace and being able to reach my realistic goals. Dancing is one of the things that I like doing the most in my spare time. It really boosts my energy level and motivation for overcoming new challenges.
I am also a migrant. I have been in the UK for over 10 years and I live here with family. In my future I hope to become a doctor.
As a migrant woman I have experienced barriers and challenges related to not being familiar with the British system: education, migration, work market, social norms, although I have been living here for so long, sometimes I feel I am still behind compared to my peers who grew up here.
I often find myself thinking that in my future I might be discriminated against because of my Middle Eastern background, and this really disappoints me. While I do understand why some British people might feel scared by migrants and newcomers, I also believe that a multicultural society like the UK should be able to find a way to conciliate and integrate all groups within its communities.
But then, as usual, I remind myself that I have to keep strong in order to overcome the difficulties that I face every day. That’s how I got where I am now, making sure that the disruptions I’ve experienced in my past don’t shape my future. When I arrived to the UK and I started year 11 without speaking English as it was the first time I got into the British educational system. Just a few years later I was able to get into university, and last summer I completed a BSc in the health sector.
These days I am waiting to hear from universities because I've applied to study a Masters – I am very proud of the personal statement I wrote, which I hope will get me into my desired course.
One step at a time.
Pelin is one of the members of Brighter Futures, a peer-to-peer support group for young migrants managed by Praxis Community Projects. Several of Brighter Futures members and Praxis’ staff will join the All Women Count campaign in Parliament on 8 March to tell our MPs what are the issues we face as migrants and women living in the UK.