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Life in college can be a whirlwind of a ride as much as it can be quaint and dull, many a consequence of ones exposure to the happenings on campus and large. I can remember those first few weeks of freshman year where social comfort would end well within those folk from your school, hometown and city, leaving room to get left behind from much adventure, especially regretful if you’re a non-local student. I would love to have spent that cozy little weekend before the midterms hiking up to Lions Rock than having waited after 2 years here to have checked that one-off, or having spent that first summer in the city skipping a trip down to Sai-Kung until the following winter; I shake my head. Not to worry there fellas, I’ve got a few tips that shall come to your rescue to wring those freshman blues.
- Spend time away from your room: Activities abound at all corners of the university: floor, hall, residence campus, university campus and even in other neighbouring Uni-s. Getting into sport clubs and societies would highly enrich social life in college while also helping you take care of your body-mind; I can still remember my Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings by the Shing-mun River in Fo Tan, training with the university row-crew, those sessions on the erg machine reminding my lower back of its present good fortunes. So GET OUT and GET BUSY.
- Grades, yes employers do care-earnestly: I’m slightly smitten with distaste remembering advice I once followed from naysayers who cared little for grades; believe me, you need to maintain good grades-big league, and suggest that good attention be given to planning for deadlines and to submit college assignments on time. A more than a few studies care to show that falling grades are a major source of college blues and wavering emotion among freshman, so therefore PLAN PROPERLY.
- Volunteer: The best kind of service is the one that seeks nothing in return. Opportunities to get involved in the community and spread good will are amply available around us. To name a few like the City Youth Empowerment Project, the Food Angel soup kitchen and tutoring sessions at the Shek Kip Mei primary schools are a few ways to invest your free time for the benefit of our community around us. So start HELPING OUT!
- Campus jobs: A wonderful way to not only meet new mates but also get a little remuneration for your efforts would certainly come in handy on the Monday outings at Billy’s, so let’s WORK IT.
- HK Bustle: For a city that is ubiquitous for its nocturnal hustle, there is plenty of niche spots to visit for all times of the day. I’ll let you in on a list and you folk decide to make your own. Yes, ADVENTURE! http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/50-secret-tips-hong-kong-sightseeing-371481
Writer: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Images: theweejun.com, fanshare.com
文: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖: theweejun.com, fanshare.com
The monthly SPECIAL Hall Night Talk was held for the third time in Moon Chum Multi-function Hall on November 8th. Mr. Kevin CHAN, Founder of StoreFriendly, and Miss Nicolette TONG, Executive Vice-President of The Wave, were invited to have a discussion with residents about how could we use space to create opportunities.
Although it was nearly the end of semester, many students still showed a great passion to participate in this talk. As an undergraduate student, WAN Yetong (HSBC Prosperity Hall, Year 2, Finance) has many plans for her future career but finds it confusing sometimes about how to grasp an opportunity. Therefore, she looked forward to this talk and expected to be inspired from successful speakers’ experience.
Nine o’clock sharp, Mr. Chan arrived at the venue and had a relaxed and casual conversation with students. Miss Tong, joined afterwards with her teammates and enlivened the audience with her humorous and lively presiding style, which encouraged a lot of interactive discussions.
As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chan shared his life story during his early struggling days. He talked about how he came up with the idea of storage business and those times when he only had 3 hours of sleep daily. He also discussed the future development plan of his company.
When a student asked him about what kind of ideas are required in running such a company, he said he saw StoreFriendly as part of his life so he could always find creativity and fun everywhere.
Noting many young people share an entrepreneurship spirit nowadays, Mr. Chan suggested,”We cannot start with only professional knowledge. We need to learn to collaborate and look for the desired market.” His opinion of not starting a business with your best friend surprised the audience, as he explained irrational treatments might occur. A clear contract to ensure a smooth progress was necessary. The speakers then encouraged our students to actively express their ideas to others, not to worry too much about being imitated. Absorption of different ideas and put them into practice might be one step closer to success.
Some undergraduate students were curious about how to allocate their times balancing both university life and startup preparation. Mr. Chan shared his story of looking for good classmates at the CS Lab and recruiting them as co-workers. The university provides various resources including a wealth of talents of all disciplines. He suggested us to try using time at school smartly and identify helpful resources.
At the same time, he emphasized a person’s ability to make every effort concentrating on one thing. “Stay somewhere for at least 5 years and make yourself an expert.” Young people do not need to worry about losing as they do not have burdens. He suggested a good practice by staying in an interested field for five years or longer if you had a nice idea. Youngsters should be willing to take time and learn to endure and persist when encountering a problem. Be more energetic and enthusiastic too. One might not be able to handle everything and may even lose something in other aspects, but one thing for sure is that you will get rapid growth and brighten up your lives in what we focus on all the time.
Success is never easy, but if you find the proper way and stick to your goals, it is within reach. Opportunities may just be hiding around the corner. Let us draw on others’ experiences and define our own path to a successful future.
Writer: Iris LU (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
文: 高雅 (滙豐業昕堂)
圖: 文苳晴 (李兆基堂)
Just imagine this scene: you are lying in bed with a bottle of Vodka in hand, looking out of the window at the night sky. Maybe there are even more empty beer cans around. Isn’t this a classical scene in films when a character falls into the lowest point of his/her life? Well, bottles are never a useful treatment for your stress. All it can do is merely providing you with a brief escape from the dark side of your life. What else can you get after all the unconsciousness and false comfort?
I know clearly that university life can be full of stress. A failure of an important exam or interview, a broken relationship, financial burdens or some emotional problems you are afraid to expose to others… these can all become triggers of alcohol abuse. But look around, what else do you have? Don’t forget that you still have people backing you up. Give a call to your parents or old friends, to those who are there for you all the time; put on your sportswear and go for a run at night, letting the stress evaporate with your sweat; visit the SDS Counselling Service to receive help on dealing with your emotional problems, as pouring negative emotions out is the best way to alleviate your stress.
A bit of social drinking may be relaxing and comforting. However, you cannot pretend that everything is fine with bottles of wine. Sometimes it gets worse. Alcohol abuse will bring you even more emotional turmoils, let alone physical harm. As drinking is a personal choice, just bear in mind the following tips for safe drinking:
- Eat something before and while you drink.
- Don’t drink too fast.
- Think before you combine anything.
- Try to avoid drinking games.
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
文: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
As a “Go Global” initiative, 5 members from the newly-elected Hall 11 Residents’ Association, including Marco YIP (Promotion Secretary, ELEVOLUTION, Year 1, Physics and Materials Science), Ken LI (Welfare Secretary, ELEVOLUTION, Year 1, Public Policy), Charisse CHAN (External Secretary, ELEVOLUTION, Year 1, Marketing), Venus FONG (External Vice-President, ELEVOLUTION, Year 3, Public Policy) and myself, traveled to Zhuhai on 7 Nov to attend the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (a.k.a. Airshow China) 2016, the only international exhibition of this kind held in China since 1996.
As a gateway for international enterprises to showcase their latest aviation and aerospace technology, the gigantic venue was full of hustle and bustle, and flooded with people rushing in to see the whole series of aviation hardware ranging from civil planes to military aircrafts, spacecraft and space equipment, rocket engines, armament and military hardware for airborne troops, air defense system, radar stations and navigation equipment for airports.
What attracted us the most were helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, huge military Y-20 large transport aircrafts with 66 tons of carry-ons, and in particular the splendid debut flying display of the J-20 radar-evading fighter developed by China, which was said to be as powerful as its rival F-22.
After a busy trip and seeing so many lethal weapons, we concluded peace was paramount–and even more importantly, a buffet lunch! What a happy and fruitful Sunday trip!
Writer & Images: Raymond WAN (President, ELEVOLUTION, Hall 11, Year 1, Information Engineering)
圖文: 温峻文 (舍堂十一宿生會嶄域拾壹主席 / 資訊工程系一年級)
Being famous for having the fastest pace of life, students in Hong Kong seldom get the chance to go on working holidays. However, you are actually experiencing a similar life of working holiday just by living in hall!
On one hand, living in the halls provide you with various learning opportunities to enhance personal development. You are able to meet people coming from different places such as Germany, Korea, and Mainland China, etc. It’s just like traveling around the world to meet new friends from different countries! You are highly encouraged to chat with exchange students in this multicultural community. Through interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, you get to know more about cultures and values of different countries, and hence develop cultural sensitivity and competence!
On the other hand, inter-hall competitions such as basketball, soccer and table tennis, or performing arts like music and photo-taking organised by halls bring you opportunities to engage with these non-local residents as well. Throughout these competitions, you learn various sports’ skills and appreciate arts of different styles. Don’t you think this experience is similar to the life of working holidays when you have the chance to interact and compete with foreigners. The hall life in CityU is offering you with similar, valuable experiences!
What’s more, you will be trained to be independent with improved communication and problem solving skills without the need of going abroad. Similar to the working holidays, you have to take good care of yourself and manage your time effectively. You have to face challenges on your own rather than seeking help from your parents.
To sum it up, living in halls is simply a mini local “working holiday” experience! Without traveling overseas, you are able to enrich your university life and enhance your personal development by living and interacting with residents in this multicultural residence community!
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)
It’s been the third year Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9) takes part in Sedan Chair Race, a charity run that supports less-known charitable organizations with very limited resources to do fundraising themselves. This year, the race was held on Saturday morning, 30th of October.
The Hall 9 team was ready from early in the morning with a lot of excitement. We took the bus together to Matilda Hospital at the Peak where the race was held. Besides the runners, Dr. Yulin FANG (Residence Master, Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) and his family, residence tutors and our lovely cheering team also went along to support the event. The weather was a perfect combination of cool wind and warm sunshine after a few days of heavy rain.
It has been a tradition for every runner to dress up and decorate their sedan chair in different themes. This year, our hall decided to adopt Miyazaki’s Japanese characters from Studio Ghibli: Chihiro, Haku and No-Face from Spirited Away, Totoro and Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service whereas our sedan chair was decorated as CatBus by the Hall 9 decoration team.
Mickey Jane SALIM (Year 3, Marketing Information Management), one of our runners from Hall 9, said it was her second year joining the race. “I really enjoy Sedan Chair Race. Besides having the purpose of this run for charity, everyone here looks so happy and dresses up in really creative costumes. It feels like a Halloween celebration! Moreover, it gives me a great chance to know my hallmates better because we definitely need teamwork and good coordination to carry the sedan chair.”
As soon as the race began, everyone stood by the racing path to cheer for the runners. The most exciting part was the moment when our hall won the 1st runner-up in the Andy Naylor Encouragement & Recognition of Team Effort awards. We are so proud of everyone’s involvement in this event including those who donated their money. You guys make this event unforgettable! We also want to thank our special donor, Hong Kong PHAB Association, a charity group which devoted to promote social integration and welfare services for both people with and without disabilities.
Writer: Charlotte WEN & Mickey Jane SALIM (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Images: Charlotte WEN & Mickey Jane SALIM (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
應湘堂跑手之一的Mickey Jane SALIM（工商管理系三年級）說這已經是她第二年參加這個比賽了。「我真的非常喜歡抬轎比賽，不僅是因為它是以慈善爲目的，而且每個參賽者都打扮得創意十足，看上去十分享受比賽，就像一個萬聖節狂歡會！這也給了我一個絕佳的機會去更好地了解我的宿舍夥伴們，因為我們需要團隊合作和極佳的配合來抬着轎子賽跑。」
比賽一宣布開始，所有人便站在賽道旁為參賽者加油助威。最激動人心的部分莫過於我們舍堂在Andy Naylor 團隊協作獎項中獲得了第二名。我們為每個參與到這次活動中的人感到驕傲，包括那些捐贈了錢的同學們，是你們的努力付出使得這次活動無比難忘！我們也想對一直以來不斷促進社會殘障人士和非殘障人士互助融合的香港傷健協會表示感謝，為他們對社會福利服務發展作出的貢獻，更為他們對我們的贊助支持。
文: 文雅及Mickey Jane SALIM (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
圖: 文雅及Mickey Jane SALIM (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
Music, a magical world of which we can indulge ourselves into all emotions;
Music, a tiny spark that lights up the dull darkness;
Music, a paradise in which we can stay who we are without worrying about being judged by others;
Music, a word to be interpreted into thousands of meanings.
This year’s Halloween week came with not only “ghosts and spirits” but some different excitement as well. The much-anticipated Joint-hall Jam Nite was organized by Hall 10 in Multi-function Hall C on 27 October 2016. When I entered MFH C, the helpers were busy setting up the fancy stage with light bulbs of different colors, snacks and drinks, and all the technical devices. More performers were there to join the acoustic feast than last year. Taking a closer look at the performance list, I saw solo singing, musical instrument ensemble, semi-chorus and so on. All of which were in distinctive styles. The Violin duo duet MA Ruoying (Year 2, Total Quality Engineering) and LI Jiamin (Year 2, Computer Science) from Hall 10 was filled with ups and downs when performing “Koi Copy”. The semi-chorus “When” by mixed-hall performance group A Sharp was intoxicating and skillful; while the Flute and Piano Ensemble “The Changing Seasons” by ZHANG Dingyu (Year 2, Applied Sociology) and me was gentle and beautiful with a hint of sadness.
LEI Sasa (Residence Tutor, Hall 10, Year 1, MA Integrated Marketing Communication), one of the organizers of the Jam Nite, was a great singer herself. To appreciate all the performers and audience present, she decided to sing one song by her favorite Taiwanese singer: Hebe TIEN. It was the second residence activity she involved as a PIC since she became a Residence Tutor. “Although I’ve just finished my tough midterm, and felt quite tired as I worked till late night, I never regret what I have contributed to the Jam Nite. Luckily, it was successful!”
At the Jam Nite, you could appreciate music presented by people across different cultural backgrounds, make friends with like-minded people and exchange your opinions about music, and find everyone tied by an invisible bond simply because you share a similar music taste!
Music makes us one. It connects us regardless of language barriers and cultural differences. One will never feel lonely as long as he/her is with music.
No music, no life. Let’s thrive with music!
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographer: Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
今年的萬聖節週不只有「鬼魂」，還有一些其他的精彩節目等著你。沒錯，由舍堂十主辦，萬眾期待的聯舍音樂之夜在10月27日在宿舍綜合禮堂C拉開序幕。當我走進禮堂C的時候，現場的工作人員正忙著搭建舞台、裝飾燈、準備小食等等。今年參加表演的人比去年更多。看看表演清單就知道了，有個人獨唱、樂器合奏、小合唱等等。所有的表演都風格各不相同。舍堂十小提琴二重奏馬若滢（全質量安全監控工程學系二年級）和李嘉敏（電腦科學系二年級）演出的《錦鯉抄》 跌宕激昂，小合唱A Sharp 演唱的《當》 則令人陶醉不已，還有由我和張丁予（舍堂十，應用社會學系二年級）鋼琴長笛合奏 《季節回轉》 柔和婉約，帶著淡淡的惆悵。
文: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
攝: 林奕淇 (李兆基堂)
Time and again you hear the terms ‘globalisation’, ‘global village’ to refer to a closely connected world of ours, and nothing epitomised this better than at the Moon Chun Multifunction Hall two weeks ago. The Global Festival Night (GNF) kicked off with much fanfare and frolic, with an ensemble of performances lined up, a plethora of lip-smacking food from different countries all at a totally affordable student budget-all for free! With representation from 20 countries, spanning 4 continents, the party started off with an inauguration which was graced by President Way KUO himself along with other members of the Global Services Office (GSO) and Student Residence Office (SRO) and a representative from each participating booth.
With the conclusion of the opening statements, and perhaps to the sound of very noisy bellies, the gauntlet was submitted and food was ready to be served. I, for instance, was lucky enough this time to be just close to the Canada booth and didn’t waste too much time queuing up for some good old poutine and the deliciously sweet beaver tail, all to the sound of Justin Beiber’s-Baby, the country’s illustrious ambassador.
Conveniently, our good buddies from Pakistan were next door serving the famous Chicken Biriyani–an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss. While sneaking a second serving just before getting the ornate looking sweet-jalebi, I managed to speak to Sagar PINJANI (Residence Tutor of Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Finance), organiser of the booth, who told me that it took them around 7 hours just to prep for the night’s event. It was an effort that paid off as it won the best food later that night.
Hopping from booth to booth and getting a taste of the various cultures present was both fun and insightful for it helped people exchanging experiences through food. Hong Kong Day, our very own representatives from Hong Kong, enlightened its patrons with the understanding of its ubiquitous game-Mahjong–among other things to get non-local students overcome the much complex nature of it. Apple LEUNG (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) an elated representative of the group, felt happy with the participation turnout at the table and the overcoming of schedule conflict of its members during the preparation week.
A good amount of recognition was due for the effort of Abir HUSSAIN (Hall 10, Year 1, Mechatronic Engineering) from the Bangladesh booth. In order to prepare for this event, he had to convince his professor to reschedule his exam which strongly showed the effort and passion that went into the making of the event. On a side note, the chat puti, pakoda, dhoodhkoli pita and semai were lip-smacking treats to the patron!
Next, with the performances underway, the stage was set on fire with a round of dazzling dances, skits, and band performances. It kicked off with an ensemble of performances from Hong Kong and China, with a creative display of tactful juggling and a steamy K-Pop choreography, warming up the effervescent crowd to the Bollywood performance that followed from the Indian crew which also deservedly won the best performance of the night. Later winning the best booth award, the Taiwanese enthralled the audience with an energetic choreography, peppered with pop-cultural Taiwanese references and a chorus in unison. The Malaysians followed suite with a resplendent performance, echoing a chorus that rang-proud Malaysian heritage!
Before drawing close the curtains, the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of Fame-the Broadway style musical, with an energetic and crowd-thumping dance-skit by the showmen. Denis MOLDOVEAN (Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Finance) and dancer/actor of the group, excitedly encouraged “All must come for FAME on 9th and 10th of November! Believe me, it’s a ‘YUUGE’ show, bigly!”, and after the snippet from last night, the guests were definitely left wanting more .
All-in-all, the GFN was a fantastically organised and executed event, with all cheers and praise to the International Society!
Writer: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer: Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11), William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
攝: Unnat CHOUDHURY (舍堂十一)、William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
There is a Chinese proverb that goes, “Hami is known for cantaloupes; Turpan is known for grapes; and Xinjiang is famous for pretty girls”. And with much honour, I am able to interview two beauties from two Chinese ethnic minority groups – Brittany WANG (Jockey Club Harmony Hall) and Dilireba TALIFUJIANG (Lee Shau Kee Hall).
With pale skin and big smiling eyes, Brittany is of Russ descent who is currently a Year 3 student studying Social Work at City University of Hong Kong. Dilireba, with darker skin tone and deep facial features inherited from her Uyghur genes, is a freshman of Civil Engineering and Architecture major.
Q: What do you think about Hong Kong?
D: I think Hong Kong is a place that respects the freedom of religion. It is really comfortable for me to live here. A few days ago I joined the “Feast of Sacrifice” hosted in the Student Residence, and it was a blast! As a Muslim, I have a diet that I need to stick with, and my friends are always attentive of my needs. There was a time when we went for a hot pot dinner and they took care of me and ordered food that I could eat.
B: Hong Kong is cold on the outside but warm on the inside. When I first came here, the city was in a politically sensitive situation, which I experienced a period of “coldness”. But since my major is social work, I get to learn about the real side of Hong Kong gradually. Although the city is fast-paced, people are actually very kind and compassionate.
Q: Is there anything that you are not used to living in Hong Kong?
D: I am not used to cooking. But it is inevitable since there is little halal food available in the school canteens. Actually there are not much halal restaurants in Hong Kong to be honest, and they are often far away from school. Also, I am not used to the humid weather here in Hong Kong, which is why I get allergies on my face.
B: It is so humid here! We are used to the sunny and dry climate in Xinjiang. After we came, we find it a little frustrating since clothes and blankets are hard to dry. Also, the fruits here are not tasty at all.
Q: Can you tell us more about your ethnic group?
D: My ancestors are of Turks. Ethnic identity and religion influence our culture a lot. We have many traditional festivals, for example Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Fast-breaking), and Nowruz (Persian New Year). Nowruz is our biggest festival of the year. To celebrate, We eat Nowruz rice, wear flower hats, dance, etc.
B: My ancestors are Russians. As we did not follow any specific religions, we have had intermarriages with the Han Chinese since a long time ago. This has weakened our ethnic traces. Now, only the older generations know how to speak Russian. At home, my mother sometimes calls me Roya. It is a Russian name, meaning “the prettiest moon in the sky”.
D: My name means, “Loved by everyone, anywhere”. (She held her cheek with her hands like a flower)
Q: Not long ago, Brittany performed a Xinjiang dance in a hall activity. Do you plan to organize any activities so that people can learn more about your ethnic group and culture?
D: There are very few Xinjiang students here, not to mention students from the same ethnic group. It would be difficult to gather people to help organize activities.
Q: In fact, we would like to organize a cultural exchange activity with students from the 31 other provinces in China. We can be one of them, and at least let everyone know that Xinjiang is not located in the northeast of China.
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)
Images: Brittany WANG (Jockey Club Harmony Hall), Dilireba TALIFUJIANG (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
文: 王琪 (舍堂十)
圖: 王炫月 (賽馬會群萃堂)、迪麗熱巴· 塔里甫江 (李兆基堂)
Romance smells like freshly cut daises just as I imagine how deforestation would smell like. It looks pretty on the surface but in all honesty it’s just a call for an allergic reaction from pollen – perhaps even a bee sting.
I take on this view because I’m a person who can barely take care of myself, how can I expect myself to care for another human being? Hall return, GPA, social life, sleep – fitting a relationship into all of this would be chaotic. It is something that takes energy and time to be maintained and if it does not last in the future then, why bother?
I am a firm believer that there are only two perspectives to this topic which is divided by a clear line: skeptical people like me against people who are more positive about relationships.
I try to understand those who are in a relationship and seem to be galloping on their rainbow unicorn with their prince or princess (or two princes or princesses, I ain’t hating) into the blazing sunset. University is all about trial and error, here you can try all sorts of new things and not be scared of judgment. It can be a learning point in preparation for your future relationships. A wise friend once told me that it reduces stress and you never have to sit alone for lunch.
But for those who want to be in a relationship just so you can show off your boyfriend or girlfriend as if they were an accessory is something you should reconsider. Don’t compare yourself to others and be pressured to have #RelationshipGoals.
Just be happy with yourself, whether you are in a relationship or single.
Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Image: HJ Story
文: Julianne DIONISIO (賽馬會敬賢堂)
譯: 陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖: HJ Story
There is a group of people in your hall. They organize various activities to enrich your hall life. They have meetings almost everyday to the late night, discussing how they can provide better activities and more benefits for you. They greet you with their warm, big smiles every time you run into them. Yes, they are members of the Residents’ Association (RA), each brings along unique talents and styles to their respective hall cultures.
The RA Election took place in the evening of 24th-25th October in Moon Chun Multi-function Hall (MFH A). Almost all RAs had prepared special-designed promotion boards to attract residents to vote for them. They had promoted themselves for a period of over 10 days, greeting everyone they met in the hall lobby and introducing themselves with small cute gifts for residents and gave them out in person.
As a resident of Hall 10, I went to MFH A and voted for PerfecTEN, the RA candidate for the new academic year. Such voting events reflect the democratic culture in Hong Kong universities to some extent. Every resident is given the equal right to choose to trust, distrust or abstain from voting.
During the Election Day, I interviewed a RA candidate from Hall 10, Stephanie CHEUK (General Secretary, PerfectTEN, Year 1, Biology & Chemistry). When asked why she chose to run the RA, she said: “Joining the RA is on my to-do list of university life. I want to do something for my hallmates. I want to gain firm friendships with other RA members. I want to prepare myself for future challenges by serving in the RA.”
Undoubtedly, the RA culture is one important components of hall culture which evolves over time. We have a high expectancy of the new RAs. Now that November has begun, let’s see what colorful memories we can create together!
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographer: Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)