Andreas Zakhari is an awesome University Pathways Program (UPP) participant. Andreas loves science, is passionate about equality and social justice and has brought a lot of great energy to our UPP program this year.
What’s your favourite TV show and why?
I like too many! I do like the Walking Dead though. Probably because of all the scares… and Daryl Dixon.
When did you do UPP with Doxa?
I’ve done two so far – one this year and one last year and I also attended the UPP activity day in Malmsbury.
Doxa has opened my mind to a range of pathways and opportunities.
After doing UPP, do you see your future differently? If so, how?
Definitely. Doxa has opened my mind to a range of pathways and opportunities. I’m also considering other universities; as a part of this years UPP, we visited Monash University, a place I didn’t consider studying at until the program. I fell in love with the environment, facilities and people and now it’s where I want to go. A career in pharmacy never appealed to me, but Doxa has somehow managed to make me consider it! As well as this, University doesn’t seem so scary now.
A career in pharmacy never appealed to me, but Doxa has somehow managed to make me consider it! As well as this, University doesn’t seem so scary now.
What’s your favourite social network and why?
Instagram. I love being able to capture moments and share them with others. It allows me to show glimpses of my life through photos… and yes, I’m the type of person who uploads photo of food on Instagram. You should totally follow me!
What are you thinking of doing after high school?
I have a passion for science, so I am going to pursue it after high school. I’m not sure exactly what type of science though. I love learning about the human body, chemistry and biology so I may study something to do with health sciences or research. I would definitely consider studying medicine… or marine biology. I’m not sure and I’m indecisive… but I love science.
I believe all people should have access to the same opportunities I do, without being victim to prejudice and inequity.
Name some of the things in society that matter to you?
There are a number of things in society that matter to me, however one particular issue stands out to me and that is discrimination on the basis of identity. Indigenous people, those with disabilities, migrants and a myriad of others undergo daily persecution solely because of their identity.
In our society we see the oppression of these marginalised groups and minorities, which disrupt harmony throughout our community and prevent unity. I strongly support the empowerment of such individuals, and to do so, we must recognise their voices and allow them to speak.
Equality is essential for Australia’s prosperity, and denying these people rights and giving into daily acts of discrimination inhibits our growth as a nation. This matters to me because I believe all people should have access to the same opportunities I do, without being victim to prejudice and inequity.