the golden chance to learn from the best
I have always been afraid to be a leader, be it at school, family gathering or any event. When I was young, I had this mindset that being a leader would result losing my friends and creating enemies. I was always scared to ask/ tell someone older than me to do something. All that my mindset changed when I accepted the role of Head of education department in international student union during my undergraduate studies. This role immensely sharped me in many ways. This role gave me an incredible opportunity to lead a team in organizing extra curriculum activities such as school debates, English and Chinese speech contest and sports like Football both for men and women.
Furthermore, my team and I gathered all academics concerns of students and presented them to the Deputy Dean of international college. One of our pioneer project that still lives on is a tutor program in which arrangements are made by the department to have a team of senior students' conduct tutoring lessons to the junior counterparts in a very inclusive and effective method that has transformed the college performance.
As a team, we acted as a bridge between the university and foreigners because we realized that there was a salient communication gap because of the cultural and social barriers in China. Recognizing this challenge gave our student union an opportunity to help other foreign students since we knew how to work in multi-cultural environment, and therefore be able to express the interests of international students even though we faced some drawbacks. Through this work, I became an excellent person with interpersonal skills, leadership skills and flexibility to work in a multi-cultural surrounding with an independent mind. Such an experience enabled me deal with more than 500 international students who confronted me with many challenges that gave me insight on how to become not only an excellent student, but also become a responsible person.
I will be very delighted if granted Chevening scholarship 2020/2021, this will enable me meet potential leaders from all over the world and I will use any golden chance to learn from them.