Arts student wins the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

December 13 / 126

Arts student Adrian Chi Ho Yeung was one of only eleven people to receive the 2013 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from the Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an achievement award program for young people. Gold Awardees have spent in excess of 10,000 hours in activities they themselves choose in five different areas: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey and a Residential Project.

Mr Yeung completed part of the required work for the award by studying at Fudan University, one of China's most esteemed universities. He said the experience was incredibly beneficial, not just for his own career goals but also on a personal level.

“There is only so much that can be learnt in a classroom; it was only when we were out around town, and particularly after we were brave enough to begin exploring less touristy areas, did we truly begin to develop an understanding of the culture and lifestyles led by the average Chinese person” Mr Yeung said.

“The biggest challenge I encountered in Shanghai, speaking the language, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Mr Yeung said he was shocked by how useless English was in Shanghai and being forced to speak nothing but Chinese vastly improved his language skills.

“I eventually became an unofficial tour guide for my friends who couldn't read as well as I could, making good use of the leadership I had developed from undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

Since returning back from China, Mr Yeung has been working towards achieving other areas of his Gold Award, which has included learning the guitar and volunteering his time to tutor other students at the University.

“What attracted me to the Duke of Edinburgh Award was the high esteem in which the reward is regarded. The job market is becoming increasingly competitive, and it is hard for graduates to stand simply on their qualifications alone. I therefore wanted to stand out as much as possible,” he said.

“The Award was the perfect opportunity for this, as it is one that encourages leadership, excellence, adventurousness, individualism and determination, qualities highly desired by employers.”

Mr Yeung plans to continue tutoring at the University and will graduate with an Arts degree in 2014.

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