Freshmen Blues / 新生的煩惱

(按此看中文版)

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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對許多人來說,大學生活可能轉瞬即逝,也可能黯淡無光。我還記得大一開學前幾週,和來自同一學院,同一地方的同學相處讓我感到更舒適,但也因此錯過了一些探索本地文化的機會,這種懊惱的情緒在非本地學生當中更加強烈。我更希望自己在第一學期的中期考試之前就去爬爬獅子山,而不是等到兩年之後才去;或者在這座城市的第一個夏天就去探索西貢,直到冬天來臨。我搖搖頭。不過不用擔心,我將給你們一些小建議來趕走那些新生的煩惱。

  1. 別總是宅在房間裏:大學裏有數不盡的活動等待著你去發掘:樓層裏的活動,宿舍裏的,校園裏的,甚至是香港其他院校的活動。參加運動型社團能大大豐富你的社交生活,同時助你保持身心健康。我至今仍記得我曾經在火炭的城門河畔和城大划船校隊一起訓練的時光,正是那些在室內划船機上的練習造就了我現在健康的下背脊椎。所以走出房間,讓自己忙碌起來吧。
  1. 成績:你未來的老板一定會考慮你的大學成績:我至今仍爲自己曾聽從了一些老是否認GPA重要性的人的建議而感到懊惱;相信我,你需要保持優異成績——一個不小的挑戰,並且我建議提前做好學習規劃,按時交作業。許多調查都表明成績下降是大學新生感到煩惱和情緒不穩定的一個主要源頭,因此請制定適合自己的學習計劃。
  1. 義工:最有價值的服務便是義工這種無償服務了。我們身邊有很多這種讓我們能夠深入社區服務了解社會的機會。比如說「城青優權計劃」義工項目、惜食堂、到石硖尾小學替學童補習等等,這都是值得你投入閒餘時間來促進社區建設的項目。所以開始你自己的義工之旅吧。
  1. 校園兼職:一個不僅能讓你認識新朋友,還能讓你獲得一些酬金的絕佳途徑,所以開始找適合你的校園兼職吧!
  1. 探索香港:在這樣一個連夜生活都很豐富的城市,你全天都能找到適合你的絕妙去處。你一定能在下面的清單上找到你自己鍾愛的香港一隅。沒錯,開始你的探索之旅吧!http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/50-secret-tips-hong-kong-sightseeing-371481

文:   William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)
譯:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖:   theweejun.com, fanshare.com

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