The Susan Wakil Fellowship

What have you done lately for the world?

The Susan Wakil Fellowship is an unparalleled student leadership program. The Fellowship provides a nurturing platform for Jewish students to learn how to make an impact upon the issues that are being felt by their fellow students and fellow Australians.

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Dear Isaac, 

I hope this letter finds you well and the year 2022 brings with it an abundance of health and happiness for you and your family.  I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to partake in the Susan Wakil Fellowship through AUJS. The concept which underpins the program is inspiring to engage young Jewish adults in societal issues which matter to them and the community at large. I was able to broaden my perspective of the Jewish community and the several programs it offers. Additionally, it highlighted my desire to give back more to our community, after 4 years of volunteering with JewishCare and have decided to volunteer with Friendship Circle this year inspired by meeting people in the fellowship. 

From my time with the fellowship, I was able to learn about both yours and Susan’s support of health education and healthcare. This was able to resonate with me as a Genetic Counselling student where discussing patients’ future health is at the forefront of the profession. One of the topics I was interested in discussing further in the fellowship was health literacy particularly relating to inherited diseases. 

From this experience, I have been able to focus on elements of both personal and professional development. Particularly it allowed me to understand the environment and future workplace which I would like to find myself in as well as navigating challenges when working with a range of people with different expectations and interests. Additionally, I have felt supported during my fellowship year, particularly by Timnah who a mentor has been not just during the fellowship but also during my honour’s thesis amidst COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. I am very fortunate to have had her constant support this year. 

In summary, I wanted to thank you again for this fantastic opportunity and how fortunate I feel to be able to meet mentors, friends, and professional colleagues from this program. Looking forward to remaining connected to the fellowship as alumni. 

Kind Regards, 

Samantha Sandelowsky