Commercials for colleges can be quite boring, but when I saw folks sharing an ad for Western Sydney University in Australia, I knew I had to check it out.
The ad follows one of the university’s graduates, Deng Thiak Adut, a former child soldier from Sudan who migrated to Australia and eventually became a refugee lawyer.
Adut’s harrowing story is told in the clip for the university, which he hopes will inspire others.
“I put the video up as a form of telling everyone that no matter how many journeys, how many problems, how many obstacles you have in your way, you have to acknowledge that your disadvantage is not entirely your disadvantage,” he told ABC Sydney.
“It could be your advantage if you followed a way with the right ingredients or the right training or the right kind of people.”