International Student Dang Minh Tri Nguyen
August 21st, 2017 – the day I officially departed from Danang International Airport and headed towards the Netherlands to kick off my university life. At the age of 17, I didn’t think much about how hard it is to settle down in a whole new country on the other side of the planet; I just knew there was going to be a great journey waiting for me ahead.
Alrighty, without further ado, my name is Dang Minh Tri Nguyen, and I am from the beautiful country of Vietnam. When I was a high-schooler, I was fully aware that Vietnam, with its rich culture and magnificent natural heritage, is a wonderful land for hospitality. Despite the significant growth in the number of visitors to the country, I acknowledged that Vietnam has not fully developed to its full potential. Therefore, with the determination to become an individual who will be successfully committed to the future progress of my hometown in the hospitality industry, I decided to continually pursue my studies in the Netherlands, a small country located in the heart of Western Europe which is known for its excellent quality in higher education.
During my university searching, I stumbled upon Hotel Management School Maastricht and was instantly exhilarated by which this institute offered. It did stand out to be one of a few schools providing freshmen with tremendous working opportunities in its own on-campus hotel. Besides, all students are also entitled to two long-term internships lasting for 6 (or 12 – in certain circumstances) months, which, in my opinion, could be considered as the very first professional hand-on experience before entering the workforce. Furthermore, from my perspective, not only does the school offer its students theoretical and practical knowledge, but it also contributes to one’s personal development by directing the learners’ behaviors and morale, through the process of self-reflection, group projects, and reporting. The school pays a lot of attention to serve the international community and is always open for feedback and improvements.
The very moment that would never sink into my oblivion is when I received an email from the International Office titled ‘Congratulations! Granted ‘Holland Scholarship - Zuyd Excellence’ combination grant’. I was really bursting with joys and happiness, knowing that my hard work and unfailing perseverance had paid off at the end. Without HMSM’s generosity, I wouldn’t be able to be here and express my gratitude for awarding me with this precious learning journey and experience, which will further lay the solid foundation for my career path and development in the future.
Despite the fact that I’m beyond excited to go to the very last year of my Bachelor’s study, thinking of how wonderfully I spent the past 3 years at the this school really touches me. I believe that one day, when looking back, going to Hotel Management School Maastricht was one of the best decisions for my career.
"Receiving a scholarship is a personal achievement. Your motivation and capacity is rewarded."
Read about the journey at HMSM of international student Dang Minh Tri Nguyen from Vietnam.