Wilkommen! (Welcome!)

My name is Angelica Lao, but most people know me by my given name Wai Sam (pronounced like “why some”) and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Hawaii at Manoa – majoring in Finance, International Business, and English. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business in May 2016.  My post-graduation goals would be to acquire a Juris Doctor degree and eventually work in either Europe or Asia, possibly in the field of international banking.

College has been a series of blessings for me, one after another. When I entered the university, the Board of Regents’ generous scholarship gave me the opportunity to pursue a full college education and allowed me to consider studying beyond the borders of our little island. It has always been my daring wish to study in Europe, a place that captivated and intrigued both my imagination and studies. But I knew it wouldn’t be easy–nothing worth having ever is.

But just fairly recently, I was notified of a new scholarship endowment for the business school that would literally open doors for students to travel and study in the countries of their choice.

Seven students have since been awarded this study abroad grant, and I cannot be happier and more grateful to be one of the recipients of the William R. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship.

I would truly like to thank (personally, if that were possible) Mr. Johnson for his tremendous generosity and consideration for the students at the Shidler College of Business. With his scholarship, my wish to study in Europe is no longer a wish, but is swiftly becoming a reality. I hope to take this opportunity to learn what I can from the Old World and use it to improve myself as well as to influence those within and outside Hawaii for the better.

WHU, Vallendar Campus

Just a few days before the New Year, I will be flying out of Honolulu International Airport for Germany. From January to May, I will be studying at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. Words cannot express my excitement for my opportunity to study, live, and learn in one of the greatest economic and industrial powerhouses in the world–which could not be possible without the support of my family, friends, and mentors I have had throughout the course of my life, and of course, Mr. Johnson and his generosity.