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Award Honours International Student Yiwen Diao’s Hard Work

September 5, 2008

YIWEN DIAO has come a long way to enjoy Canada’s best student experience.

Originally from mainland China, the fourthyear actuarial sciences student first learned about Western through a program off ered at her high school. After interviewing several professors, she was sold on the opportunity to move to Canada to complete her university degree.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Western,” says Yiwen. “My favourite part of my experience is that I have become independent from my family. This opportunity has allowed me to make plans about my own future.” This year, thanks to her strong academic achievement, Yiwen was awarded the Jane Plas International Student Award, which specifically supports undergraduate international students from mainland China, Mongolia or Tibet.

The award, supported by an endowed fund at Foundation Western, is worth $2,500 and recipients are selected based on academic achievement.

Yiwen was aware that through hard work and a high average, she would be eligible for several merit-based awards. She applied herself to her studies in her third year, and was thrilled to discover that her dedication paid off when she was honoured with the Jane Plas Award.

According to Yiwen, these types of awards are incredibly important to students, as they motivate and recognize hard work. “It’s not just money to me, but a very important honour,” she says. “Also, my high average has helped me when applying for my fi rst job out of school.”

After graduating this summer, Yiwen will begin working full time in Toronto as an actuarial analyst at Mercer HR Consulting. She is looking forward to the new challenge.

This article appeared in the 2008 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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