Kaya, my name is Aaron Taylor. I am a Wadjuk/Balardong Noongar man through the Collard, Bennell and Shaw Families. I reside in Kwinana and am studying for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Murdoch University. I have faced many barriers in my journey, none more prominent than a 20-year substance use addiction and abuse as a child. I also have no high school education, so the prospect of even attending university seemed all but a dream for me. Thankfully, I found the Kulbardi Centre at Murdoch University, which offers a bridging program to assist me into mainstream university. This has changed my life and has been the driving force behind my sobriety. I am just about to enter the 3rd year of my degree and am considered a high-achieving student winning two awards for academic excellence and have been invited to several invitation-only research projects for the PSY-380 unit at Murdoch, which is an introductory path to honours. To be honest, I never thought I would be in a situation where I would not only have the opportunity to enter university but also shine in that environment. I am truly honoured to be considered for the Dr Tracy Westerman scholarship; the help it will provide me during my studies will be invaluable.