My name is Faith Leong, and I’m currently waiting to matriculate into university to read a History degree.
For the past 2 years, I’ve been working and hoping hard in order to gain entrance into the University of Oxford. For a really long time, I doubted myself on this, and always tried to rationalise that I wasn’t good enough, that I couldn’t really hope to really go. I always assumed that the hardest part of entrance to Oxford would be the complicated admissions, or my inadequate grades.
I’ve been incredibly blessed to have received both an offer from the college of my choice - Queen’s College, and adequate grades. All that remains, now, is to secure the funds to go. My parents won’t be able to pay for my further education, and I’ve applied for virtually every scholarship out there - to no avail. If I’m being honest, the rejections that I’ve gotten from scholarship providers have been quite a downer as well - every time I’m asked about my university plans I ask myself - why did they reject me? Is there an outstanding moral flaw in myself that has caused all this? I’ve tried to think of possible ways in which I could have seemed arrogant or untrustworthy in my applications, and although I’m probably not the best judge of my own character, I wonder what exactly it is that turned them away.
So, as you can tell, I’m nervously and very tentatively starting this out to get some help for funding my education. I’m not sure if I can realistically get any significant help from this campaign, but all I know is this: I’m completely unable to do it on my own.
Going to Oxford is important to me, because it’s more than just a novel experience at a prestigious university. It’s the realisation of the efforts of all my mentors and teachers who placed their hopes on me and my longtime dreams of finally being able to study History at university level, at my university of choice.
Lately, I’ve tried to pay it forward by starting an admissions mentorship programme for students at my alma mater. There are so many amazing young minds out there who have so much potential but insufficient guidance and resources to realise it, and I hope that as I do my part to change that in what way can, you will, too. On this page, I’ve included some pictures of examples of previous participation in youth advocacy projects and conferences; for instance, I’ve been very active in the local Model United Nations circuit and have chaired a number of conferences recently.
You may wonder what’s in this for you, and honestly, I’ll have to admit that there isn’t anything material that you can and will receive from helping me out. But as I’ve previously mentioned, I believe very strongly in paying it forward, and I can guarantee that if I’m fortunate enough to be in that position, I will do all I can for other youths in my position; to help them with admissions, share about my experiences, mistakes, and successes, and teach them that dreams are worth pursuing. ❤️