Students' Success Stories

Raymond LAU Yau Shing

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My name is Raymond Lau, a year-two BBA GBSM student. I am so grateful and honored to be awarded the HSBC Overseas Scholarship and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarships.

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in my early childhood, having difficulties concentrating on my studies. Through behavioral therapy, I put a lot of effort and training into swimming and playing the piano. Eventually, I have the luck and grit to overcome these challenges.

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Having personal experience with mental health issues, I can raise awareness and help tackle the social stigma attached to them. One example was volunteering through my church. During a three-day summer camp last year, I had the first-hand experiences with the younger generation who struggled with the lack of social interaction and academic pressure during the pandemic. These valuable experiences allowed me to listen to and understand their feelings; motivate and encourage those who are going through psychological problems with empathy.

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My goal is to establish a social enterprise which hires the underprivileged while generating enough profits to donate food to the needy. It requires both stringent academic training and diverse exposures to make me a better communicator and challenges resolver as a social entrepreneur. I therefore committed myself to various internships and extra-curricular activities. For instance, acting as the Chief Technology Officer of a start-up company provided me with valuable real-world working experiences such as setting up websites and online business promotion. Besides, I have participated in the leadership training organized by ICAC last year and served as the Chairperson of the CityU ICAC Ambassador Program. Through active participation in different types of services and activities both inside and outside the campus, I could equip myself as a better learner, communicator, and facilitator for future challenges I will face as a social entrepreneur.

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I have always wanted to travel and study abroad. I am eager to meet people with different cultural backgrounds and learn from their experiences. However, due to the lack of financial resources, my travelling experiences are limited to places within Asia. I have always wished to venture out into the western world, where the development of social enterprises is much more mature than that of Asia. Through the Scholarships, I will be able to study abroad in Canada and the U.K. It is an excellent opportunity for me to learn various operating models of different social enterprises and expand my academic horizon. The Scholarships will definitely help develop my career, contributing to Hong Kong in the future.

With the grit of continuous learning and improvement, not only did I successfully overcome my inborn deficiencies, but I have also changed from a band 3 to a band 1 secondary school, making me a CityU student today. I am so grateful for CityU, which provides many resources to help set me up for success. I have become more confident after going through different scholarship interviews. With the Scholarships, I am ready to take on even more challenges ahead.

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