At the end of 2017 I decided to take a chance and apply for the Su Mon Wong Scholarship for Excellence in Marketing. Before I applied, I second-guessed the fact that I deserved the award, ‘What was extraordinary about me that I deserved it?’ Sure, I do internships, and have always found myself undertaking any extra experiences, immersing myself into every opportunity that comes my way – but could I be the top marketing student for 2018?
During the summer holidays, I was fortunate enough to participate in the IÉSEG International Summer Academy program in Paris, France. Without trying to sound as cliché as every other person who also travelled to Europe over Summer this year, the experience was extraordinary and something I will forever be grateful for.
In August 2018, I was selected and sponsored by QUT to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok, Thailand. Overall, this was a thoroughly enriching experience – a personal highlight was the Community Service Day. I was given the opportunity to partner with the Sikkha Asia Foundation and act as a “big sister” by spending time with youth from the slum community. On this day we visited Bangkok’s oldest animal kingdom – Dusit Zoo. Together, we laughed and connected – providing hope for the youth that is living amidst poverty.
As a double degree student, I had been waiting for what seemed like an age to begin my marketing major units! Finally, this year I was able to enrol in three, one of which was AMB200 Consumer Behaviour run by Dr. Kathleen Chell.
It is painful to grasp the fact that I have a mere eight weeks remaining on what has been one of the greatest experiences of my life… Although it sounds cliché, my semester abroad at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has gifted me more lifelong friendships, experiences, stories, memories and knowledge than I could have ever imagined.
I recently had the privilege of being selected as a Global Voices Scholar and Australian Delegate to the 2018 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum in Paris, France.
To sum up my experience in a nutshell, it was insightful, engaging and inspiring. On top of leaving this OECD experience with unique exposure to areas such as foreign policy, international affairs, global trade and economics, I left learning more about myself and the kind of life I wish to create.