Meet Albert Dong: Hansen Scholar, 2021 Cohort

Albert Dong is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Economics. Learn about what attracted him to apply to the Hansen Scholarship Program, and how he feels he has grown from the experience. 

I have been looking forward to studying at the University of Melbourne ever since I finished high school, and after being finally able to attend lectures and tutorials on campus, my expectations have definitely been met.

I applied to the Hansen Scholarship because I knew the program was structured in a way that could help individuals like me develop leadership skills and be exposed to a wealth of experiences in ways that would be much harder to achieve otherwise.

I also realised that the opportunities that would come with the scholarship, beyond the financial support and accommodation, could benefit me immensely in conjunction with my university studies.

I have enjoyed engrossing myself in the rich academic culture and the vast number of clubs available here. Club-run events ensure that there isn’t a dull moment on campus and highlights how welcoming the student community truly is.

Being a Hansen Scholar, I feel encouraged every day to push myself to become a leader amongst my peers.

The events that have been held for our entire cohort, such as the Portarlington trip, Hansens Have Talent, and multiple cultural outings, have also helped me create strong bonds with my fellow scholars.

Each scholar is exceptional, with their own set of skills and different leadership qualities, so being able to interact with them so closely and frequently inspires me to push myself further and to constantly learn new things or acquire new skills.

Students at a Hansen Scholar event

Albert with fellow scholar and good friend Tom at a Hansen networking event.

I found that the mentorship program and my roommates have especially been helpful in integrating myself into this new environment. It was slightly daunting to move out of home and start studying whilst living independently, but knowing that my peers are there to support me made the landing much softer, and becoming a Hansen Scholar was much easier.

For students thinking about applying for the Hansen Scholarship Program, I would advise them to first think carefully about the qualities they think they have that are suitable for becoming a Hansen Scholar, and how the program could help develop those qualities.

The scholarship program is a great way to acquire and develop leadership skills and overall push you into becoming a more well rounded individual.


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