Adriel Wong

by Benjamin Skye | September 15, 2010 | inFocus 0 Comments

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Adriel Wong arrived on the Hardin-Simmons University campus, affectionately known as the “Forty Acres”, in the spring semester of 2008. Having done two years of post-secondary education at Life College back home in Kuala Lumpur, Adriel started at HSU as a junior transfer student looking to complete his final two years of his Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences (B.B.S.) degree in English.

Adriel will be graduating in May 2010 and has already enrolled to start his graduate studies in English at HSU the following semester. He elected to stay at HSU, even for his Masters degree because of the many positive experiences he had since his first arrived. Adriel shares that one of the unique things about HSU is the fact that his professors continually emphasize to him the importance of holistic growth. His teachers continually highlight the importance of integrating academic information with ethical and spiritual development. Adriel also expressed that he is grateful for the example he observes in his professors, in that they view themselves as individuals who need to grow daily as well. Having this knowledge of the professors outlook on life, Adriel says, gives him the confidence to do well and work hard in that he knows he and his professors are continually learning from each other.

During his time at Hardin-Simmons University, Adriel has had numerous opportunities to practically apply the knowledge he accumulates in the classroom.  Adriel has been working for the school newspaper “The Brand” since his first semester and is now the Editor-in-Chief of the bi-weekly publication. One of the most exciting episodes while serving as Editor-in-Chief, Adriel recalls, was when he had to conduct an interview with the new HSU president, Dr. Lanny Hall, inaugurated in the fall of 2009. Adriel labeled the task as “daunting” initially but was surprised by the warmth and hospitality of the President, who even complimented his leadership of The Brand encouraging him and his staff to “keep up the good work”. Such friendliness, Adriel adds, is the hallmark of the Hardin-Simmons University campus and pervades the entire HSU administration from top-down and is seen in all the staff, faculty, and student leaders alike.

In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, Adriel is also the vice-president of the International Student Fellowship (ISF) and the senior class president in HSU’s Student Congress. All these leadership positions have helped Adriel realize the role that responsibilities play in challenging him to grow and mature as an individual. Adriel is deeply grateful for these opportunities to learn, viewing them as “doors that God has opened for him”, and encourages all students to actively involve themselves in various extracurricular activities while in college in order to attain both academic and professional development.

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