A Scholar’s Journey- Shaun Adam

“A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step”, - Lao Tzu.

The wise words of this old Chinese philosopher have echoed throughout history and for me, it has proven time and time again very relevant.

The globalized World has allowed us to see many different things from all around the World, but I wanted to experience it. I wanted an International experience where I could learn and grow from other cultures and people. Thus, I decided to apply for a scholarship to enable me to study abroad, somewhere far from home that could fulfill my wishes while enriching myself with newfound knowledge and skills.

There were a few opportunities around, the Hong Leong Foundation Masters Scholarship being one of them. At first, I was hesitant; I had a stable job and certain commitments. Time waits for no man, and I thought to myself, I owe it to myself to at least give it a try with my current qualifications that I have worked so hard to achieve. First I applied to the University of my choice and then I proceeded to apply for the scholarship. At that time, the thought of applying for the scholarship was both daunting and exciting. The whole process was long, and at times challenging yet I gave it my all at each stage and finally was blessed and qualified enough to receive the scholarship.

So it begins, my journey to Scotland, the colder part of the United Kingdom to study in one of the top Universities, the University of Edinburgh. At first the transition took some time for me to adjust but it was not too long before I managed to adapt to environment and make some good friends.

Studying my master in International Business and Emerging Markets required my full time attention as the course and the University adhered to very high standards.

In terms of knowledge, I had the opportunity to learn so much in a short period of time. The classes here were very interactive and in a class of 50 students, everyone contributed, benefiting each other as a whole. The Business School of the University also had a student development team which assisted students to develop core skills and personal development growth. Something I believe Malaysian Universities should adapt, a brilliant balance of complementing skills development to the academic learning process.

Although much of my time here was spent studying, I did have some free time to travel the country and visit the Scottish Highlands. The beautiful scenery and nature was captivating, I could not stop taking pictures. I was privileged enough to visit Loch Ness, the rumored home of Nessie the Loch Ness monster.

Personally, I have gain an international perspective studying abroad with people from all around the World. I also learn to cook Asian food, something I did not take the time to learn back home.

My advice to future potential applicants, the future may be scary but push yourself out of that comfort zone and aim higher. That first step you take will lead you to an unforgettable experience that will truly enrich your soul


Shaun Adam is a currently a Hong Leong Masters Scholarship Holder undertaking his Masters in International Business and Emerging Markets the University of Edinburgh.

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