Having a computer at home will make it easier to write homework and assessment tasks, Rami Simoki thinks.
The Year 11 student belongs to one of 20 Ezidi refugee families that have each been given a second-hand Apple by UNE.
"We thought it was a good way to show that they're very welcome here, and to help them settle in and develop their education," vice-chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan said. "We hope their future will be very bright."
Rami hopes to study Philosophy, while Ashan Jarallah, Year 9, already looks forward to taking English, French, and math classes.
This is the first tranche of 100 computers the university will give to the Ezidi students; there will be a second handover later this year.
“By donating refurbished computers to ##Ezidi families we are helping them to study, to look for work and to keep in contact with family overseas,” Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations Mingan Choct #UNEpeople#Armidale#Communityhttps://t.co/tmzUbMksWUpic.twitter.com/k0vc5aOJWk— Uni of New England (@UniNewEngland) March 11, 2019
The 20 refurbished computers come from campus business units. The university replaces its computers every two to three years, to keep them up to speed.
Dr Sarbast Qassim, a technical officer at UNE, thanked the university on behalf of the Ezidi community.
"This morning, I was in Armidale Secondary College, and the teachers said this was a big achievement - a very good thing for us," he said.
Forty-one young Ezidis - 12 to 18 years old - are studying at Armidale Secondary College. The persecution of their people interrupted their education; they have from 1 to 7 years' schooling.
"All of them are super-engaged," teacher Renee Thomas said. "When it comes to lunchtime, they don't want to go out; they just want to keep on working. They're self-motivated, and if I need a coffee, I have to tell them no, no, I need to have lunch! Because they've gone without school for four or five years, they have a whole different attitude towards learning and English."
The students have intensive English and math in the morning, then join mainstream classes in the afternoon to socialize with Australian friends.
The College will probably buy a package so that the Ezidi youngsters can study English at home, and get immediate feedback rather than having to wait until the next day.