After matriculation, I choose to pursue accounting through the mainstream path which is entering the undergraduate studies. Receiving an offer letter from University of Malaya (UM) had brought me one step closer to my dream. A week later, I received the Undergraduate Scholarship from the Hong Leong Leong Foundation o which was a blessing. It was double joy for me and I promised myself that I’ll make the best out of my undergraduate years.
The four years in UM was a long but yet a meaningful journey for me. Having to attend classes to get an Accounting degree and at the same time building up my personality and skills was not easy but it was not that hard either. I was fortunate to not have any financial issues during these years which enabled me to fully utilize my time juggling between studies and joining activities.
The lecturers and course mates were really supportive throughout my degree years. They were always there whenever you need help in studies. Classes were fun too as you get to exchange ideas with course mates from different genders, races, and even nationalities!
As for activities, my favorite club in UM was the facilitator club where I had the chance to give back to the community especially the school students by providing guidance and inspire them to pursue their dreams. I enjoyed my time being a facilitator because of the satisfaction that I could see on their faces, the experience that I get and the sharing sessions received from them which I will not be able to get in textbooks.
I am so glad that Hong Leong Foundation has given me the chance to not only succeed in achieving my dreams but also inspire me to take part in activities that which enabled me to contribute to the society.
A kind reminder from me to all the new scholars out there, don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams!! If there is a will, there is a way.
Liyanie Hazimi was a former Hong Leong Undergraduate scholar who studied Accounting. She is currently undertaking her ACCA. To know more about Hong Leong Foundation's Scholarship Programme, please click here http://www.hongleongfoundation.org/scholarships/