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Kaili Zhu (Kelly)

Weifang, Shandong Province, China

Hong Kong Baptist University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Awards & citations

Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leaders Scholarship (2018)

Previous university & major(s)

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies – Year 2 student of International Economics and Trade Innovation Class (2016-2018)

Scholar status

New scholar – Class of 2018

Read my story here

My first thought when I learned I was awarded this scholarship

“Now everything made sense,” that was my first though after being awarded the scholarship. There was a phrase in the notification email that it will be a life changing journey and yes, I believe it. I believe I will embrace a new world in Hong Kong Baptist University with the Hinrich Foundation.

Why I’m interested in trade

I will have the opportunity to learn about the trade world. My original dream is to become a diplomat, but later, I found out that working in international trade is more attractive because it’s not only involved in dealing with different people but also very important to people’s livelihood. I made my first pot of gold in junior high school by selling sports suits to my schoolmates.

What this scholarship opportunity means to me

What ‘s most important for me is that this opportunity has changed my current life and routine. Thanks to the Hinrich Foundation, I won’t waste too much time on trial and error. I can concentrate on studying what I really need and international trade is just what I love. I think I’m very lucky to devote myself to a career in trade.

The international experiences I’m most looking forward to

I look forward to a good academic environment where I can become more professional in the field of international trade. Then, I hope to meet a lot of people from different places of the world. It’s great for me to be immersed in a multicultural environment.

What I’ll bring to my dorm to remind me of home and why

I will bring postcards from different top universities in China. My classmates from high school were admitted in Tsinghua, RUC and CUFE, etc. and we came from the same place. They are always pushing me to make progress. Now, with the opportunity to study at HKBU, these postcards will remind me to cherish this opportunity.

My favorite hobbies and other interests

My favorite hobby is roller skating which I’ve been doing for nine years. Other interests include watching US TV series and drawing.

My proudest achievement so far in life

I took part in 2017 First Citizen Sports of Shandong and won the third place in the skating competition. The match was skating on ice and I’ve always practiced roller skating on the ground all the time so it was my first time to perform freestyle on ice. I defeated other amateur players and the champion and runner-up were professional national athletes.

The largest obstacle I’ve overcome so far in life

The summer vacation after college entrance exam is a turning point in my life. My mother fell ill with severe sequela. I lived in the hospital and took care of her for half a month until the day I went to college. It was a very painful experience. After that, I believe my family and I will embrace a better future.

My future goals and aspirations

My long-term goal is to become an ace in the field of international trade, especially in marketing. I hope to be very proficient in expanding markets and acquire good knowledge in financial management as well as commercial strategy.

How I plan to give back and help others

I plan to give back by studying hard in HKBU and striving to be a source of pride for my parents. I also want to devote myself to a career in international trade to promote the development of world trade.

Personal statement

I think I’m not as well-prepared as my partner who has known the scholarship for a long time. But I was really very excited when I received the email because I knew there would be a big change in my life. I also believe that there is a reason why became “the lucky one” and I would be more capable of this good luck.

Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship gives me the opportunity to realize my dream of becoming a superior businesswoman. I’m also looking forward to joining the world of international trade and this big family of the Hinrich Foundation.

Story about Kaili Zhu (Kelly)

I was a very ordinary student in the senior high school. There were 24 students in my classroom, most of them were admitted by 985 project universities and one of them even became the best performer of Shandong province. They really had a great impact on me.

In the past, I kept on working silently but was never confident enough. Now, the Hinrich Foundation provided me a golden opportunity to become a superior one. I believe it will be a new turning point in my life.