Grateful for blessings

Smiling warmly and dressed in a dark suit with her mane of long hair tamed neatly into place, her successful demeanour masks the bitter roots of life that Candy Lee Pik Shin once tasted as a child.

Coming from a poor family with her grandma as her closest relative, Lee never dreamt of going to university. “My initial plan was to work while studying part time,” she said.

After she learnt about the Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin Community scholarship through Malaysian Care, the rest was history. She joined Sunway in 2003 to pursue CAT under the scholarship. “I was overjoyed and thrilled at being given the chance to finally further my studies,” she recalled.

Later, with another scholarship under the Sunway Education Trust Fund, Lee managed to continue pursuing her ACCA.

Today, her business card suggests that she is now a “Personal Financial Consultant – Wealth” with the OCBC Bank. As passionate as she was with her studies, Lee said of her job: “It’s very hands-on. I get to meet people and I enjoy it. It is a bit related to accounting and studying in the ACCA programme in Sunway has definitely helped me. I have made many friends in the course of my studies. I still keep in touch with them in my spare time.”

She said that her English has improved tremendously, especially with having to communicate with her best friend, Valerie Yee. Having a hostel roommate from China helped her Mandarin as well.

“I wish to share with others that being successful does not depend on your background. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped me in my life. I extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation to them. At the same time, I will never forget my roots and where I came from.” – Candy Lee

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