Rachel receives the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship


莊凱喬獲頒尤德爵士紀念基金獎學金

Date: 09 Feb 2018 (Friday)

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Sociology student wins Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship

社會學系學生獲頒尤德爵士紀念基金獎學金

Rachel Chuang (Sociology, Year 4) was awarded the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship. She plans to become a primary school teacher and to offer assistance to ethnic minority groups. 
 
With excellent academic performance and outstanding service to society, Rachel has won a number of scholarships at HKBU. She applied for the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship three times and was eventually awarded the recognition this year, adding to her excitement. Rachel said the questions put forward by the selection panel at the interview were very challenging and encompassed a variety of areas, from the length of Tsing Ma Bridge to personal development and her dream.
 
Rachel credited her win to honesty. She said that after taking part in HKBU’s M.A.I.L. project, she found that younger children are better inspired by their teachers. Also, through her active participation in social services, many of which were catered to ethnic minorities, she realised that they often lack social support. Therefore, she plans to be a primary school teacher, with a focus on nurturing ethnic minority children. Rachel said, “When the panel of the Scholarship heard about my dream, they asked a lot of related questions, such as why I don’t choose to be a secondary school teacher or university professor. If I did not have a real plan, I would not have been able to answer such questions with supporting details.”
 
Rachel will go to the Netherlands on a six-month exchange programme to broaden her horizons. To achieve her dream step by step, she plans to enter Postgraduate Diploma of Education programme after she graduates. 

莊凱喬(社會學四年級)獲頒尤德爵士紀念基金獎學金,並計劃日後擔任教師,協助少數族裔人士。
 
凱喬憑著出色的學術成績,以及積極參與課外活動,在校內已獲得多項獎學金,但先後申請尤德獎學金三次,方得償所願,所以她對獲獎感到額外興奮。她表示,奬學金面試題目涵蓋範疇廣泛,大至未來計劃、個人理想,小至青馬大橋長度等,甚具挑戰性。
 
凱喬認為,真誠是今次取得獎學金的關鍵。她表示,參加大學信暖工程後,發現年紀越小的學生,越容易受老師啟發。由於她平時課餘時間已經積極參加有關少數族裔人士的社會服務,明白他們欠缺社會支援,所以她計劃畢業後擔任小學教師,並會重點幫助少數族裔人士。「當評審知道我的理想時,他們問了不少問題,例如為甚麼不選擇任大學教授或中學老師等。如果我的理想不是真的,根本無法回答得有理有據。」
 
凱喬將遠赴荷蘭交流半年,以擴闊視野;待完成本科課程後,她會修讀教育文憑,逐步實踐當教師的理想。