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Talking with business confidence

September 7, 2012

When Ryan Qiao recently hosted a radio show on Western’s CHRW, he talked like a pro. But that wasn’t always the case. “At first, talking on air made me really nervous, but after a while I found it very cool,” he says, with confidence.

That same growing confidence helped him succeed at Western, especially in the HBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. “My first year at Ivey was the most difficult year of my entire university life,” he says. “I was pushed to the limit, but what surprised me was discovering my potential. Looking back, I will never forget the hard work and rewards.”

While at Western, Ryan received the Lorraine Ivey Shuttleworth Continuing Award, endowed at Foundation Western. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who maintains a minimum average of 75 per cent and demonstrates financial need. The award provided $12,000 during his last three years at Western, giving Ryan the necessary financial boost to make attending Ivey a possibility.

“Without the generous financial support, I wouldn’t have been able to make the decision of going to Ivey as quickly as I did,” he says. “It also provided me with the encouragement, motivation and support I needed to strive for academic excellence.”

“I was pushed to the limit, but what surprised me was discovering my potential. Looking back, I will never forget the hard work and rewards.”

Born in Beijing, Ryan immigrated to Canada at the age of 16, settling with his family in Toronto where he attended high school. Although his interest in business wasn’t initially apparent to him, he soon discovered after coming to Western that Ivey held the keys to his future.

“My courses gave me the necessary knowledge and concepts of general business,” he says. “It also allowed me in second year to specialize in the areas that interested me.”

Because of the award, Ryan could focus on his business studies – and explore the extracurricular side of student life. Such as his gig on student radio. “Working at the radio station really rounded out my Western education,” he says.

Now a Western graduate, Ryan is eager to build on his Ivey studies in accounting and finance. He’s now working toward becoming a chartered accountant.


This article appeared in the 2012 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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