My name is Hui Cheng, I am a fourth year student at the University of Michigan-Flint, studying both finance and accounting with the goal of dual majoring in both. I am greatly honored to have received the Hagerman scholarship as it will help to achieve this goal.
I feel extremely honored and appreciative for receiving the Hagerman scholarship. This significant award boosts my confidence and inspiration to realize my dreams in developing an innovative, creative society where individuals stand the chance to become global players. As an international student, when I first came to the United States, I didn't know how to react and talk appropriate because of culture differences and language barriers. Through this experience, I decided to change the situation, and not only did I want to fit in, but I also wanted to be successful. I tried to improve my English, understand American culture, study, work hard, and include myself in school activities. Before I received the scholarship, I had put every effort into maintaining the highest level of academic achievement.
Besides school, I had two part-time jobs and still worried about not having enough money to complete my education. After receiving the scholarship, I am more confident in my financial situation but continue to work for two part-time jobs, tutoring math, finance, and accounting courses. Also, I recently got an internship working as a project manager for Skypoint-100K Ideas, a non-profit organization that reaches out and helps Flint, and other local communities and business startups. I enjoy making an impact on society and helping others to learn and achieve their educational goals.
Beyond studying, I enjoy networking, learning new things every day, and finding opportunities to grow my knowledge and skills. I also enjoy being a part of the campus, this is why I have become involved with the Finance Club, in which I have had the privilege of serving as the president for a year.
I believe that growing up in China gives me a different perspective as its very different than my experiences here, giving me fresh eyes for finding untapped opportunities and the drive to pursue them.
I feel extremely honored and appreciative for receiving the Hagerman scholarship. This significant award boosts my confidence and inspiration to realize my dreams in developing an innovative, creative society where individuals stand the chance to become global players.