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Testimonial from a Recent Graduate: David Lee

by Benjamin Skye | January 7, 2011 | Student Perspective 0 Comments

David Hoong Yan Lee graduated summa cum laude (With Highest Honors) with his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Hardin-Simmons University in May 2010. Here he shares with us a testimony of how his time at HSU has positively influenced his life:

David Hoong Yan Lee graduated from HSU in May 2010. He now works for IBM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

David Hoong Yan Lee graduated from HSU in May 2010. He now works for IBM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“2010 has definitely been a year of transition for me. After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University in May of 2010, I returned to Malaysia in the middle of October to look for a job and kick-start my career. Amazingly enough, within two months of returning from the US, I was hired as a financial analyst trainee, working in IBM (International Business Machines) Kuala Lumpur’s finance department.

I credit this early success to my time spent at Hardin-Simmons University. I applied to Hardin-Simmons University through ELI 360 as a transfer student from HELP College in Kuala Lumpur and enrolled for the Fall Semester of 2007. While at HSU, I learned a great deal about American culture, particularly West Texas culture. My experiences at Abilene have shaped me to be more globally aware, as well as helping me become more adaptable to new environments.

In terms of education, I really appreciate the American Liberal Arts system of education. The emphasis on holistic education has helped me realize that having a great attitude and strong character (EQ) is just as, if not more important than merely being intelligent (IQ). My professors were very passionate about what they taught, and even more passionate about their students’ individual success. They took personal attention in my growth and learning, and were always down to earth when I needed their help. In other words, they were encouraging and approachable – which made them great mentors to me.

David Lee's name can be found listed under the class of 2010 at HSU Alumni Wall, located in the center of the HSU Campus.

David Lee's name (circled in yellow) can be found listed under the class of 2010 at HSU Alumni Wall, located in the center of the HSU Campus.

Attending college at Hardin-Simmons has definitely equipped me with a whole new perspective on the world. My mastery of the English language has also improved exponentially. I grew up in a Mandarin-speaking family and never really had much of an opportunity to improve my English speaking abilities. Being at Hardin-Simmons challenged me to prepare presentations and other group projects. These activities provided many opportunities for me to enhance my communication skills since I had to collaborate regularly with American students.

Additionally, I also find the Christian environment at HSU to be very valuable to my experience. I can truly say that I have grown to be a more mature Christian with a better understanding of my faith and values. The environment here is definitely one of “iron sharpening iron” – my faith could not have grown if not for the many great friends and teachers that have influenced me spiritually.

David Lee receiving the "Dean's Award" in 2009 at the Kelley College of Business Awards' Dinner. He was given the award by the Dean for showing great initiative in learning.

David Lee receiving the "Dean's Award" in 2009 at the Kelley College of Business Awards' Dinner. He was given the award by the Dean for showing great initiative in learning.

My goal for the New Year 2011 is to learn as much as I can while working for IBM. I intend to rotate around various job functions while at IBM to gain insight on the inner-workings of the business world. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the knowledge and experiences I have gained while at HSU will definitely help me attain my goals.

I would like to thank all my professors and friends at HSU, as well as ELI 360 for the role they have played in helping me get a head-start on my career. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my parents for supporting me through my entire college education: both financially and emotionally. I would not have been able to do it without their sacrifices.”

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