The “Eudemons” of the Residence Floors
By: LIU Yanghe, Hera (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Image: CHEUNG Sai Hung (Hall 10), LEE Laam Chuen Nelson (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
If comparing the Student Residence to a Utopia, the Residence Master is the “king”. Our security staff are the “guardians” and more appropriately, the Residence Tutors (RTs) are the “eudemons”. These interesting metaphors show the importance and responsibilities of the RTs. The positions are held by both local and non-local undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as research staff members of CityU. In our daily life in the residence, in addition to providing support and guidance to us, they also organize floor activities in order to enhance the relationships among floor-mates. It seems that RTs play the dual roles of peer mentors and “assistant residence masters”, but mostly, they are just like our big brothers and big sisters.
Living in the Student Residence for almost 4 years, I have had 4 RTs. They have different nationalities including Hong Kong, Finland and Romania. The variety of their cultural backgrounds interest me a lot. Among all the RTs I know, one of the Hall 9 RTs, Solo SONG, impressed me the most. Solo is a PhD non-local student from the Department of Information Systems and he is responsible for the ninth floor. As a sports enthusiast, Solo is an expert in badminton and always take part in competitions such as Inter-hall Badminton Competition on behalf of Hall 9. Moreover, he is good at cooking, especially for Sichuan cuisines. Therefore, he takes time preparing a full table of delicious dishes for residents frequently and this is also one of the reasons why he is so popular among us.
Do you want to be our “eudemons” and make contributions to the residence halls? If you are mature and willing to be our residents’ friend and mentor, SRO is recruiting RTs right now and it is certainly worth a try. The deadline is this Friday, 10 April 2015. Selected RTs will be provided with training during the summer and free room.