When times are at their toughest, people seek solace in the imagination. This is especially so for the young.
Griffith University student Tim Sorbello was just 10 years old when his father was taken out of the family home for legal reasons and left the raising of seven children to Tim’s mother.
A dedicated nurse, the competing demands of family and work soon proved too much, sending the struggling family into years of financial difficulty.
For a creative kid like Tim, he sought relief in the drawings and storytelling that were his passion, all the while building the hope that one day his obvious talents might translate into a career.
Today, Tim is moving ever closer to achieving his dream.
In the final year of a Bachelor of Animation degree at Griffith University, 19-year-old Tim is the recipient of a Griffith Futures Scholarship awarded through the Staff Giving Program.
The scholarship means he has been able to afford resources for his degree, including vital software packages, and has eased the stress around weekly expenses such as rent and food.
“Since I was a child, drawing has always been a passion of mine, as well as telling a good story,” says Tim. “Animation was a natural study choice for me because it includes both these qualities.
“The Incredibles was my favourite movie when I was a kid. It’s just so perfectly shot. It’s a masterpiece. One day I’d love to work on projects like that.”
With his sights set on the future, Tim still draws wisdom from all his family went through in the past.
“My mum did an amazing job raising us,” he says. “Money has always been tight and we’ve never been very stable financially.
“I got a job at Woolworths when I was at high school and I had the idea that I needed to start saving for something. I saved $10,000 over three years.
“This funded me at university for my first and second years. Then I broke my knee at the end of 2016 and that meant I couldn’t work to support myself.
“I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I received this scholarship. I knew it would get me through my final year. I’m so grateful.”
After graduating, Tim hopes to continue building his portfolio towards securing a job in 2D animation and then -- the ultimate -- a creative role with a big studio.
“One day I hope to show my family my name in the credits of a Disney, Pixar or Japanese movie,” says Tim.
“I like to remind myself that we are all mortal, and that so many opportunities present themselves in life and you never know what can come of them.
“My Griffith Futures Scholarship was one of those opportunities and I needed it so badly. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all those staff givers who believe in students like me.
“You have made a massive, positive impact on my life and future.”