First of all, I want to express, in behalf of my fellow scholars, my warm gratitude to all who are part of the UE-TYK Scholarship Program, especially to our dear Dr. Lucio C. Tan. This scholarship program has given us another experience and chance to realize our individual significance. Definitely, this opportunity is a bridge to our dreams, our goals and our own chosen passion.
Being a scholar is indeed a challenge. I have to study hard just to prove to my teachers I deserve to hold the title. However, that thought has suddenly changed when I learned what it really means to be a scholar. A true scholar is one who may fail at times but knows how to recover and stand up. Without failing only means less learning, and by that, we are essentially not a true UE-TYK Scholar.
For my fellow scholars, let this message be an inspiration to each one of us. Let us learn the true meaning of the existence of this scholarship program and the purpose of being chosen as part of it. Let us not lose hope when we commit mistakes. We must bravely face fears we may encounter every day. Try to look around us. There are many who will assist us and will notice our potentials. All we need to do is believe in ourselves. Believe that we are not just mere islands in a vast sea, but we are one archipelago of soon to be successful people of the future industrial world.
Dan Brown wrote, “Everything is possible. The Impossible just takes longer”. Thus, we must know and see for eternity that nothing is impossible. Let us hold fast to the thought that when we believe, miracles happen.
Pamela B. Hsu