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Thrive: Dental student in running for free tuition for life

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18-year-old Caerleon Comprehensive A level student, Aarifa Hussain has reached the final of the University’s Thrive Challenge – the culmination of a series of rigorous challenges offering one outstanding student the chance of a Lifetime Scholarship.

The Thrive Challenge in involved a series of tests and activities designed to identify the most exceptional applicant to the University.

Finalist Aarifa said: “I couldn’t miss the opportunity to win free tuition for life and I found the Thrive Challenge really addictive – I wanted to see how far I could go.

“I fell in love with Cardiff University as it feels really homely and they gave me lots of useful information and advice at the Open Day. It is also very prestigious and has a good reputation. I chose dentistry because I want to help people and I have undergone a lot of dentist treatment myself so this inspired me.

“I would like to use the lifetime scholarship to specialise in orthodontistry and maxillofacial surgery and would also like to study Welsh again in the future. I also really like the idea of being an ambassador for the university – this would be a great honour and would give me the opportunity to experience aspects of university that I wouldn’t otherwise.”

Over the last five months the applicant’s have faced a series if challenges testing their  academic ability through online tests, as well as giving them a chance to express their creativity and personality by producing an online video.

To decide on the winner, the six finalists will take part in an assessment day final at Cardiff University to take part in a group challenge, one-to-one interviews and give a ten minute presentation on the subject they have applied to study.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 10th May.

Louise Casella, Director of Strategic Development said: “We launched the Challenge to generate extra excitement around Cardiff University’s 2012 undergraduate recruitment campaign, ‘Thrive’, and recognise the quality of applicants we continue to attract each year.

“It has been a resounding success and we were hugely impressed with the calibre of the entrants and particularly the six finalists.”

View Aarifa's impressive application!

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