At the Monaco 2014 Alumni Weekend, money was donated at several of the events, which went towards a Monaco Bursary for a Cass student in need of financial assistance. The recipient of this award was Phuong Nguyen, and one year later she has been in touch to tell us a little more about herself and what receiving the bursary meant to her.
“Thank you for having chosen me among many excellent applicants as a recipient of the Monaco Bursary. I am immensely grateful and honoured to have earned this opportunity. By receiving this bursary, I feel my academic accomplishments have been truly recognized. I am also very pleased to have helped lighten the burden of high tuition fees pressed on my parents. However, with great opportunity comes great responsibility, I understand the need to hold myself more accountable towards my study to meet the trust and expectations I have received. This will play a substantial role in motivating me to work harder to show my full potentials and achieve my set goals. I will try my best to show that you have made the right decision. I am very eager to continue to reap great academic results, contribute my abilities to the university community as well as experience my university life at Cass Business School this September.
“Why I chose to study in London and my background:
“I was born and grew up in Hanoi, the beautiful capital of Vietnam. This energetic city, which never sleeps, has led me to be familiar with the fast-paced lifestyle. However, despite its chaos, Hanoi still retains its cultural beauty with many historical attractions and traditional cuisine. I found London also having the harmonious coexistence of modern and medieval lifestyle, which is what I love most about my homeland. Being a multicultural city, London also offers me a chance to discover various cultures, contemplating the art and history of each, which are displayed in numerous museums and galleries. Additionally, London is considered one of the biggest financial hub in the world, making it’s the perfect place to develop my interest and potential in this field.
“How I intend to fund my study:
“I will get a part time job to become even more financially independent of my parents and support my living and study expenses. City University offers many on-campus job opportunities, which I will make use of to make my working more convenient, better my soft skills, and also collect hands-on experience. My time management skills will ensure that my part time job will not interfere with my study so I can develop my full potential and continue to perform well academically at university.
“This bursary will enable me to continue my study in the UK and follow my passion in Accounting and Finance.
“Various experiences during my study in London prompted me to develop the study skills required to become a great candidate for this bursary. Unlike the traditional learning style in Vietnam, I realised that it is necessary to go beyond what was given in lectures and ask questions and do further research to understand the subject to the full and gain an individual perspective of it. It is through active search for deeper knowledge that the beauty of each subject is revealed. Therefore, I did not focus solely on my favourite subject, Accounting, and performed well in all subjects.
“The high tuition fees have posed a substantial problem to me, a student coming from a developing country. Despite being a meaningful career, doctor is not a high paying job in Vietnam. In addition to being a doctor at the National Cardiovascular Hospital, my mother also runs a clinic outside of working hours to try to earn enough money to pay for my tuition fees. This means she works 12 hours on a weekday and Saturday as well. This has damaged both her physical and mental health. As my parents will reach retirement age soon, our financial problem will be even more serious in the near future.
“This bursary will help me become less financially dependent on my parents, contribute my strength to the university community and fulfill my dream of being a successful chartered accountant.”
Read our news story about the Monaco 2014 event here.