Q&A

With Rawan Obaid, win­ner of HLR Schol­ar­ship MEA re­gion 2015

ArabAd - - SPOTLIGHT -

What does it mean to have won this award?

To me, win­ning the He­len Lans­downe Re­sor Schol­ar­ship is a fan­tas­tic per­sonal achieve­ment. It is a mea­sure of how hard I have worked and is recog­ni­tion of my tal­ent at this stage of my own per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. It was the ‘ap­proval’ to con­grat­u­late not only my­self but ev­ery­one who has put an ef­fort into mak­ing it a realty. Along with that, it brings a kind of fear be­cause the award is the re­spon­si­bil­ity that peo­ple put on me. I am glad to have such a chal­lenge.

What is your dream?

I feel that this award is the foun­da­tion to make my dreams a re­al­ity. I al­ways want to de­liver the best, and to let my work stand out. My dream is to in­vest in so­ci­ety and to de­velop as a cre­ative tal­ent in de­sign. I feel that this Schol­ar­ship is the first step to achiev­ing my am­bi­tions. It has also made me re­alise that I have the abil­ity to over achieve and per­form to the high­est of stan­dards. This was a global com­pe­ti­tion, and I can only thank J. Wal­ter Thompson and other part­ners that have been in­volved in set­ting up this op­por­tu­nity.

Do you have any ad­vice about en­cour­ag­ing young fe­male cre­ative stu­dents such as your­self to par­tic­i­pate next year?

I would en­cour­age all cre­ative fe­male stu­dents to ap­ply for this schol­ar­ship. It is a price­less way to build con­fi­dence in your­self, your abil­i­ties and to open doors you never even dreamed of be­fore. I have won an in­tern­ship with J. Wal­ter Thompson Dubai and will also be ex­posed to the global net­work. You have noth­ing to lose, and at the same time, I am sure that many young cre­ative stu­dents will have fun dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process. It gives you a chance to re­visit some of your work, look at it in dif­fer­ent ways, as you move through the ap­pli­ca­tion process. This en­sures that you put your best foot for­ward to stand out from the crowd. If you are ca­pa­ble enough to stand out and win the award, it could be a life chang­ing op­por­tu­nity.

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