Heli Kapadiwala, MA Visual Communication, is nominated for the International Student Award at the Create Student Awards 2024. 
Heli Kapadiwala portrait, Create Student Awards 2024

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“Being shortlisted as a finalist for the International Student Award is an incredible honour and a validation of the unique journey I have embarked upon. It is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and perseverance that I have put into my studies and personal growth at the University of Salford. As an international student, this recognition holds special significance for me. It represents the bridge I have built between cultures, embracing new perspectives and fostering understanding and appreciation for diversity. Being shortlisted reaffirms the value of my experiences, the challenges I have overcome, and the connections I have formed with fellow students from around the globe. This nomination is not just a personal achievement; it is a tribute to the support and guidance I have received from the University community. The faculty, staff, and my esteemed tutor, Dr. Alex Frost, along with the invaluable mentorship of Elizabeth Wewiora, have played an integral role in shaping my academic and personal journey, providing opportunities to thrive and excel.

Being a finalist instils a sense of pride and motivation within me. It serves as a reminder that my voice matters, that my contributions are recognized, and that I have the potential to make a positive impact in the world. It reinforces my belief that design can transcend aesthetics, addressing real-world issues and enhancing quality of life. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity, and I eagerly await the final selection process. Regardless of the outcome, being shortlisted as a finalist has already been a transformative experience, enriching my education and shaping my future endeavours. It is a testament to the power of education, diversity, and the unwavering spirit of international students like me.”

Watch a video interview with Heli below. 

Heli Kapadiwala Create Student Awards 2024