Determined to succeed


Zijun Yang has come a long way since arriving in Australia in 2010 unable to speak English.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d448378
Zijun Yang has come a long way since arriving in Australia in 2010 unable to speak English. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d448378

Last month, she was named one of the top 41 WA students for her academic achievements in 2015.

Zijun was one of two students who graduated from St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School last year with a General Exhibition award and Certificate of Commendation.

A plan by her mother to move to Australia from China in 2010 for a better education paid off.

“We came to Australia after mum completed her university masters degree and I had finished primary school,” Zijun said.

“Mum thought there would be better opportunities for me here and found the education system in China to be too competitive.”

Zijun said it took her a while to settle in after the move.

“The first two years I found to be hard,” she said.

“I could barely speak English and so it was hard to communicate with teachers and friends.

“For the first seven months, I went to a language school, but speaking with school friends every day helped.”

The Gwelup resident now plans to head to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Bio-Medicine degree.

“I want to be a doctor or a medical researcher,” she said.