[Jennifer Tang: Taking Residential Life into Inspiration]
By: LIU Yanghe, Hera (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
Images: ACCA and TANG Jung Wah, Jennifer (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Jennifer TANG Jung Wah is one of the most impressive girls living in Student Residence that I have ever seen. With a pair of thoughtful big eyes, a sincere smile and a kind heart, Jennifer always gives others a sense of affinity. Although she seems to be delicate, she has the outstanding ability of handling many things simultaneously. Jennifer is not only a Residence Tutor of Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1) and an organizing committee member for the Professor Edmond Ko Cup 2014-2015, but also the winner of “Best Story” at the Inter-hall Photography Competition. Most importantly, she has recently been awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for her business proposal about helping minorities in Hong Kong.
“The award I got is from the hard work of my team. I need to give credits to my other three teammates,” said our modest Jennifer. Jennifer and her teammates came from different majors under the College of Business, and they wanted to integrate their areas of expertise so as to inspire each other and create new ideas. The theme of the competition is “Empowering Families Living in Poverty”. Jennifer and her teammates finally came up with an idea of setting up a social enterprise specializing in event management. She explained her idea to us, “Our idea is to employ the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Through a series of trainings and practices, they can equip themselves with skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams in the future.”
To optimize their business proposal, Jennifer and her teammates visited several places clustered with ethnic minorities. She observed their lives and chatted with them. These interactions with minorities gave them more ideas and inspirations.
Being a Residence Tutor of Hall 1, Jennifer also has some experiences with minorities and other races in hall. “I have encountered many residents of different races.” Jennifer said, “I am impressed of how they enjoyed their residence life and how they tried their best to learn speaking Cantonese so as to integrate with local residents.” In regards to the most impressive experience with minorities and other races in hall life, Jennifer thought a Korean girl who has inspired her the most: “She is an active member in the City-Youth Empowerment Project and also a resident from Hall 1. She shared with me how she would like to contribute to Hall 1 and the society. Her attitude and achievements gave me much inspiration.”
It will be Jennifer’s final year after the summer and she believes it is time to get busy for her final-year project and a graduation job. After her graduation, Jennifer plans to travel abroad and go for a working holiday, “I hope my residence life can be a valuable experience to equip myself for the future.” said Jennifer merrily.
In the end of the interview, Jennifer wants to say something to our residents, “A quote from John F. Kennedy, former US President, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ I believe this quote can also apply to the residence’s context. Residence life experience is scarce and valuable. Do enjoy and treasure it.”