The annual Professor Edmond Ko Cup (PEK Cup) inter-hall competitions have gone in a full swing with the first wave being the soccer competitions. I attended the Joint Sports Centre last Sunday (23 October) when our athletes brought us four exciting inter-hall battles. Each team sent five players (including a goalkeeper) for a 40-minute match. The schedule went as follows:
> Hall 11 vs HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2) vs Chan S
> Hall 8 & Jockey Club Houseui Kau Hall (Hall 5)
> Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6) vs Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
> Hall 11 vs Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9)
Let me recap some highlights for you for the first match! The first team entering the field in turquoise was Hall 11 followed by the navy-blue Prosperians. Both teams were in good spirit. Soon after the game has begun, Hall 11 scored the first goal after some chase. The Prosperians did not panic. Instead, they sped up the passing. Their striker accidentally kicked the ball too hard and fell as he passed. What touched me was the moment when a Hall 11 player helped him getting up and they patted each other as mutual encouragement and gratitude. Such spirit of respect and understanding filled the course with warmth.
The Prosperians then headed the ball straight in line. Unfortunately, their initial try was blocked by Paul TANG, the Hall 11 goalkeeper. At that instant, the Prosperians nabbed to attack the empty side of the goal. IN! The Prosperians got all excited and took a stranglehold of the momentum. Tang rocketed up, almost waved off the ball, and the Prosperians tied another score. The audience gasped as they witnessed Tang throwing himself against the shot. What a painful sacrifice! During the second halftime, the Prosperians kept attacking while Hall 11 also capitalized on their chances. After alternating rounds and rounds of attempt from both sides, the Prosperians grind its way to a 5:1 victory at last.
From a layman’s interpretation, all matches are similar; yet, each and every one of them is meaningful in its own unique way. All soccer players profess the same belief to score a goal, ward off opponents’ shots, run, pass, defense, and offense. All games are made of the same fundamental ingredients and they all share the same goal. Yet the countless variations produced along with all those smart or careless moves spark the magical charm of soccer. What fascinates soccer fans is not about winning or losing, but the unspoken shared spirit and camaraderie among the athletes.
Let me announce the results as of today:
> Hall 11 vs HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2) (1:5)
> Hall 8 & Jockey Club House vs Chan Sui Kau Hall (Hall 5) (1:3)
> Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6) vs Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1) (4:0)
> Hall 11 vs Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9) (0:1)
> Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4) vs Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3) (1:3)
> Hall 10 vs Hall 8 & Jockey Club House (3:1)
No matter what the outcome is, what matters the most is how every player in every team has fought hard that they deserve equal respect and appraise. Let’s applause and cheer for them all!
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Yemmi YEUNG
Photographer: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
一年一度的高彥鳴教授盃（Professor Edmond Ko Cup，簡稱PEK Cup）各種球賽今年也將進行得如火如荼，最先開始的就是足球啦。上星期日，聯校運動中心，運動員們為我們帶來四場精彩的對決。40分鐘的半場，雙方加守門員各有5位隊員上場，賽程如下：
Two years ago, CityU held a series of calligraphy classes in the underground rooms of the library. Filled with mostly exchange students and those who wanted to be more acquainted with the Chinese language (one of them being me), the class aimed to bridge the gap between distinct cultures. This year, they are back and running, holding 4 classes at the Multi-function Hall B and are led by Mr. CHAN Mong Biu, the Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong Calligraphy Association, and students from Calligraphantasy.
Last Thursday, I went to take a look to see what the class was up to. Students were to try and write a 4-character proverb — “溫故知新” (wēn gù zhī xīn) (which literally means discovering new inspirations by reviewing old knowledge as advocated by Confucius) — in both clerical and classical style. Despite having no Chinese or calligraphy background, Mariana PÉREZ-BOBADILLA (Hall 8), a Creative Media PhD student from Mexico, was very much interested in delving into something unique to the Chinese culture. This was her third time joining the class. She commented that this calligraphy class, whilst being a joyous activity, required immense focus. On the other spectrum, we have CHEOK Gwan Yong (Lee Shau Kee Hall), a freshman from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering from Malaysia. Having tried calligraphy back in secondary school, he was also familiar with Chinese and Cantonese. He posed a great interest in trying out calligraphy once more, joining in with a bunch of friends.
What really stroke me about the class was just how involved the helpers were. Every now and then they would checkup on students on their progress, initiating light conversations and improving strokes one at a time. Mr. Chan too will, go around to give advice as to how they can improve. From the beginning, Mr. Chan insisted that practice is key. From using analogies to other kinds of visualisations, Mr. Chan wanted students to understand that every stroke matter.
These calligraphy classes will continue to run at Multi-function Hall B, Student Residence, for free from 7PM to 8:30PM tonight and on 3 Nov 2016 (Thursday). Come and join the fun!
(This series of workshops is co-hosted between Run Run Shaw Library, Student Residence Office, Global Services Office, Department of Chinese & History, and Calligraphantasy.)
Writer: Dazi CREMONITA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Photographer: Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
It was the 16th of October. The beautiful sunshine had predicted what a lovely day it would be for the Professor Edmond Ko Cup (PEK Cup) Inter-hall Athletic Competition 2016/17.
It was easy to be affected by the excitement in the air. All seats in the spectator stand of Joint Sports Centre were occupied. The loud and passionate cheering from different halls rang across the venue. Everyone knew that the “competition” had already started by the first yell. Yet each hall still managed to respect its rivals without interruption. Young athletes warmed up by the tracks and those who had just finished a race sat around and rested. The endless sweat and heavy breath couldn’t hide the passion on their faces.
The major events in the afternoon were the Inter-hall 4 x 100m relay, 4 x 400m relay, and 1,500m track. As soon as the pistol went off, our hall representatives rushed along their lanes like a dozen of shooting arrows. Spectators fixed their eyes on the running figures and cheered for them ceaselessly. The cheering teams yelled out their hall slogans ever so loudly as the athletes approached the finishing line. “Look! That person is so fast! He was 70 metres behind and now he is catching up!” Their yells seemed to have infused energy into the athletes. All 4 x 100m relays finished within 2 minutes. It was not only a demonstration of amazing speed, but also about the unspoken coordination and strategies among teammates.
I interviewed some athletes off track to learn about their inspiring stories.
HUI Ho Yin, a Year 3 Business Analysis resident from Alumni Civility Hall, was taking a rest with a bandage on his left foot. “I got injured when I did Thai boxing the other day.” He told me.
“Are you still going to participate in the relay? “ I asked as he massaged his foot in pain.
“Of course, I’ve just finished the 4 x 100 and I will be participating in the 4 x 400 later. I was running faster than our back-up runners so I don’t want to get cold feet. My feet hurt after the 4 x 100 so I am taking a rest now. This may be the last time I participate in hall relays. I truly hope I can be known by more people!”
The women’s team of Hall 10 in the 4 x 100 relay was consisted of three foreign girls and one Chinese. They were Maria KRUTOVA (Year 3, Information Systems) and Anatasia STULBA (Year 3, New Media) from Russia, Jemmima Richard GONSALVES (Year 1, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) from India and CHEN Yiran (Year 2, Energy Science & Engineering) from China. They gave a high-five to one another after the relay as a pat on the back. “Of course we were nervous. We were representing our halls!” The girls said, “What motivated us were the support from our teammates and the cheering from our hallmates.”
LEUNG Man Wan (Year 3, Chinese) from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall participated in the 1500m event. When asked whether she felt nervous, she said, “Sure I was because I was afraid to be the last one, but the result was not too bad. I ranked 4th in the group. I’ve just recovered from a fever so I worried about falling and fainting. I just kept telling myself to keep running because I didn’t want to walk to the finish line. That would be too pathetic. If I couldn’t be the fastest one, at least I could try my best.”
WONG Ka Man (Year 3, Information Systems), who is also from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, took part in the 4 x 100m. She wiped off her sweat with a towel, still displaying high energy after the relay, “ The result was a little bit disappointing because I didn’t play as well as I expected. It was normal to feel nervous when we stepped onto the track. I tried to relax and focus on running. I think the most important thing for athletes is the spirit: we never quit halfway even though we may end as the last person crossing the finish line.”
The women’s team from Chan Sui Kau Hall won the championship of the 4 x 100m relay. So how did the champion team feel? Natalie TSE (Year 1, Applied Social Science), FUNG Tsz Wing (Year 2, Chinese & History), YEUNG King Ting (Year 1, Applied Social Science) and CHUA Yan Ching (Year 2, Social work) all spoke at once, “Actually we were not so nervous as we were there for each other. As we ran, the only thing in our minds was the constant reminder of not tripping over! Our team members are excellent! Two of us are good at cross-country and rugby. One of us actually tripped accidentally during practice and injured her knees terribly.” “Well, it still hurt when I ran, but I didn’t want to slow down the team speed. That’s the kind of pain I can tolerate!” The four girls collapsed into laughter, enjoying the satisfaction and and happiness they gained from the win.
I must say our athletes are most respected for their pursue for excellence, spirit and efforts, as resonated by our Vice-president (Student Affairs), Prof. Horace IP, “I felt the power of youth and the spirit of struggle from these young athletes. They have taken more efforts than others to strike a balance between studying and training. They have to manage their time well and develop a team spirit. The mental well-being is highly important. I think any experiences as athletes are greatly beneficial to self-development.” And this is exactly the deep meaning underlying the Athlete Meet.
Finally, the following are the results of this year’s competition:
4 x 100m Men’s Relay: Champion – Jockey Club Harmony Hall (Hall 7), 1st Runner-up – Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9), 2nd Runner-up – Hall 11, 3rd Runner-up – Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
4 x 100m Women’s Relay: Champion – Chan Sui Kau Hall (Hall 5), 1st Runner-up – Jockey Club Harmony Hall (Hall 7), 2nd Runner-up – Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1), 3rd Runner-up – Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4)
The Most Participation Awards (from all Athletic Meet events): Champion – Hall 11, 1st Runner-up – Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6), 2nd Runner-up – Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3)
Congratulations to all!
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographers: Jason TSE, Derek KWAN (SRO), Hydie CHEUNG (SRO)
下午的主要項目是舍際4 x 100米、隊伍4 x 400米接力賽與1,500米等田徑賽。發令槍一響，仿佛觸動了某根弦，運動員們像利箭一般飛出去， 觀眾們緊緊盯著場上那幾抹小小的卻堅定的身影，心被他們牽引著，不停為他們讚歎：「你看，那個人好快，剛才落下70米轉眼就要趕上了！」在接近終點時，啦啦隊更是為運動員們搖旗吶喊，他們的加油聲真的為運動員注入了能量，兩分鐘左右的時間便完成一組的4 x 100米的比賽。接力賽不僅考驗速度，更考驗彼此的默契和戰略部署，如何交接，哪位運動員負責哪一棒等等。
「當然要啊，我剛跑完4 x 100，一會還有4 x 400要跑，因為在選拔的時候我的成績比後補選手要好，所以想堅持一下，不想臨陣退縮吧。跑完4 x 100腳痛的厲害，所以休息一下。這也許是我最後一次代表Hall參加比賽呢，我想讓大家認識我！」
舍堂十女子4 x 100米接力隊伍是三個外國女孩和一個本地女孩的組合，由來自俄羅斯的Maria KRUTOVA（資訊系統系三年級）及Anatasia STULBA（新媒體系三年級）、印度的Jemmima Richard GONSALVES（機械及生物醫學工程系一年級）和中國的陳怡然（能源科學及工程系二年級）組成。她們的感情很好，跑完下場之後擊掌合照，互相鼓勵：「會緊張的，畢竟代表的不是自己，而是整個舍堂，不過在場上我們不是一個人，還有隊友並肩作戰，拉拉隊也給了我們很大勇氣。訓練的時候都在晚上，今天太熱了，發揮不太好。」
同樣來自應湘堂的王嘉敏（資訊系統系三年級）參加的則是女子4 x 100米接力。她用毛巾擦著汗，剛剛結束比賽但是仍舊活力十足：「結果有些失望啦，發揮的沒有預期好。上場有點緊張的，所以跑步的時候放空自己，什麼也不去想，分神只會限制實力的。運動員最重要的就是一種精神吧，哪怕最後一名，也絕對不可以中途放棄。」
作為高彥鳴教授盃今年第一炮賽事，陳瑞球堂的女子4 x 100米隊伍勇奪冠軍。作為冠軍隊伍是怎樣的體驗呢？小妮子謝凱蕎（犯罪學系三年級）、馮子穎 （中文及歷史系二年級）、楊景婷（應用社會科學系一年級）和蔡仁靖（社會工作系二年級）七嘴八舌地說：「不是很緊張呀，因為隊友們都在，比賽時候想的只是不要跌倒！我們的隊員很優秀的，其中兩位分別擅長越野跑和橄欖球。因為其中其中一位隊員在訓練時不小心摔倒，膝蓋現在還是觸目驚心的傷口。」「嗯，其實跑的時候有些痛，可是不能連累隊友們呀，所以忍忍就好了。」四個女孩子笑成一團，她們樂觀陽光，也有得了冠軍的喜悅和滿足。
CityU Information Day was held last Saturday on October 14th. The Student Residence Office has organized hall tours introducing the Student Residence from 10 AM to 5:00 PM. Free shuttle bus service was provided to allow visitors travelling between the CityU main campus, the Run Run Shaw Creative Meida Centre and the Student Residence.
Over 1,000 visitors, including secondary school students, parents and teachers, received a full load of information about the Student Residence’s facilities and the dynamic hall life through attending hall tours, hence satisfying their concerns and curiosity.
Below are some sharing by student helpers and visitors:
“The hall area was quite boisterous today. Many students (mainly form 5 and 6 students) came with their friends or parents. I was responsible for crowd control by gathering groups of visitors at the Moon Chun Multi-function Hall (Mul A) and giving them basic information about the Student Residence through a talk before they go on to a hall tour. The talk introduced the Student Residence with a video clip, which briefly talked about our vibrant hall life, facilities and environments in the hall area, in hopes of increasing visitors’ interest in our residence.”
CHUNG Wai Ki, Student Helper from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 4, Construction Engineering and Management (Hong Kong)
“I was responsible for guiding visitors in hall tours. Each hall tour lasted for approximately half an hour. I introduced hall facilities including the common room, laundry room, gym room and library. Many visitors were amazed by how well-equipped our halls were. I also discovered an interesting phenomenon—most of our student visitors were obsessed with how residents designed their rooms! When I told them some residents decorated their rooms according to their own tastes and preferences, they seemed to be really captivated by this idea. Overall speaking, I think the hall tours had deepened their understanding of the Student Residence.”
NG Tzs Ho, Student Helper from Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 1, Electronic Engineering (Hong Kong)
“This Information Day–especially the hall tour–has definitely motivated me to study well in order to get into university! I was moved by the fruitful life of living in the hall as introduced by the student helpers. All the activities including the autumn trips, poon choi banquets and high table dinners attracted me a lot. As a secondary school student, I have been longing for a hall life and spending my youth with friends everyday. I think CityU’s hall life seems to be quite suitable for me!”
Charlie SETO, Form 5, Secondary School Student (Visitor) (Hong Kong)
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Photographer: Dilys HO (LEE Shau Kee Hall), Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall)
The SPECIAL Hall Night Talk co-organized by HSBC Prosperity Hall and SRO was held in Multi-function Hall C at 9PM, October 5. Miss Michelle SUN, founder of First Code Academy and Mr. LAU Ming-wai, JP, President of Chinese Estates Holdings Limited, were invited to the Student Residence to discuss whether all university students should learn coding.
Before the presentation of honored guests, I interviewed some students randomly about their opinions on coding and programming.
“Coding is obviously useful, as computers are so commonly used in our modern society and nearly all career paths involve the use of computer. If we can design apps by coding ourselves, we can work with higher efficiency.”
HUANG Xinyi, Jocky Club Humanity Hall, Year 1 English Studies, China
“While coding can improve your calculating ability, being interest in the subject is another important factor. I look forward to the speakers’ sharing on their entrepreneurial and working experiences.”
LI Jia, HSBC Prosperity Hall, Year 4 Information Management, China
“I do think that everyone should learn programming. Programming is not just about coding, but about cultivating a new way of thinking in yourself. We can break a problem into small parts and solve each of them step by step. Programming doesn’t require talent. All you need to do is to start with the basics.”
Robin, HSBC Prosperity Hall, Year 4 Computer Science, from India
Dressed in a smart and professional attire, Mr. Lau started the evening by sharing his personal experiences. He had no background of computer until he acquired programming skills from his friend. He reckoned that people did not realize programming was more an approach to solving problems than mere coding.
Miss Sun then stepped onto the stage next. Originally an investment research analyst in Goldman Sachs Bank, she was determined to focus in the technology field when she founded First Code Academy in 2009 to offer coding lessons for children age 6 and up. She graced the night with her signature smile as she introduced the prospects of a technology career and the significance of programming. She emphasized that coding was a key to new markets, especially in Hong Kong. In terms of whether common university students should all learn coding, she said, “Coding is not a career path for everyone. It is more like a paintbrush that turns your idea into reality. What coding teaches you is to solve a problem instead of brushing it aside. We can never spell out a perfect code–which is similar to life.”
Coding is not only a life skill, but a piece of marvelous tool to influence our personalities and lives. So, are you ready to start this amazing journey to coding now or not?
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographers: Ray KE (HSBC Prosperity Hall), Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11)
It has been a month since you have moved into your new home in the CityU Student Residence! How do you all feel so far? Looking back on the past month, a series of hall welcoming events had been organized in order to build a sense of belonging among hall freshmen towards the residence community. One of these exciting events was the 2016 Joint-hall Orientation Camp, “Love War”–which was jointly held by Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3), Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6), Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9), and Hall 11.
“Love War” was the second largest orientation camp held in CityU this year with around 370 students joining in total. It was a three-day, two-night O’camp taken place in the respective halls and the Po Leung Kuk Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp from 9 to 11 September 2016.
Organized jointly by four halls, the O’camp focused on three purposes: (1) to help freshmen in acclimating hall life, (2) to build up their sense of belonging to the overall residence community, and (3) to enhance the bonding between residents and their halls. Below are some sharing from the organizers and participants of the “Love War”:
“To organize an O’camp for hundreds of people was not an easy task, but we jobamas believe this orientation camp will surely help freshmen adapting to hall life as soon as possible. Our efforts will pay off. For instance, the first night of the camp was taken place in the halls. Through interacting with group mates in detective games and mass games, our participants had fun together and they were able to make new friends and establish a social network, which we think are factors affecting their sense of belonging to the halls.”
KWOK Ka Ying, Joma of Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 3 Public Policy & Politics, Hong Kong
“We decided to organize the O’camp jointly with three other halls instead of organizing an individual one particularly for our hall residents because we see the importance of maintaining harmony across different halls. Throughout the O’camp, we held different mass games, aiming to increase the interaction of residents from different halls. For me, the most unforgettable one would be the campfire session. I saw how participants from different halls merged into a circle to sing and dance together. I guess this would be a memorable scene for all of the organizing committees as well, as we have all spent a few months organizing this enormous orientation camp.”
Ivan TAM, Organizing Committee Member, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2 Public Policy & Politics, Hong Kong
“This Joint-hall O’camp marked the beginning of my wonderful hall life. The events were all well-designed and the camp consolidated my bonding with my group mates and hall. The competitions of beat demonstration and house dancing were simply vigorous. We all practiced very hard for the competitions and fought for the champion. I was able to experience the spirit of unity, especially from the tug-of-war, which has enhanced my sense of belonging to my hall.”
Calvin TAM, Participant, Hall 11, Year 2 Social Work, Hong Kong
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Photos: 2016 Joint-hall Orientation Camp Committee, City Broadcast Channel
“Drama is just like a therapy for me which got me through the shyness and anxiety in my adolescence.” This is what led Bruno LOVRIC, Residence Tutor of Hall 10, to the colorful world of drama. Majored in Media and Communication, the PhD student from Croatia is not only a new instructor in his department, but also an active organizer of drama workshops in the hall community.
Bruno has been studying in CityU since 2013. Before he came, he spent several years studying theatre in the U.S. He considered drama as an important way to express his thoughts and emotions. It gives him freedom to become what he dreams of. The time he spent on stage teach him to view things from new perspectives and walk in others’ shoes. Drama has changed his life and transformed him into a confident person. He decided to bring his passion on drama to CityU. With the funding support from the University, he organized a drama workshop called “Break a Leg” in 2014.
By organizing the workshop, Bruno believed that drama can bring students from diverse cultural backgrounds together. The invisible wall between local and non-local students could be broken down as participants were not only learning how to act, they also met like-minded people and become friends in spite of language barriers.
For Bruno, helping new participants to step out of their comfort zones is always be the most challenging part during such workshops. The process of learning and acting is not easy for some people. Most of them are often surprised by themselves when they realize that getting into a role is not as difficult as one imagines. When people discover new abilities on themselves, they become inspired.
“Break a Leg” was a success in its first round so Bruno plans to organize it again this year to welcome new participants. This time, he wants to focus on encouraging personal growth rather than the drama show itself (which will be held at the end of the workshop). The message he wants to convey is that there are no mistakes in drama. Drama encourages the freedom to interpret as well as self-discovery. That is exactly why Bruno loves drama and hopes to share his passion with everyone.
As a Residence Tutor, Bruno thought it was a hard job which required a lot of personal time. While he found it challenging, he showed strong confidence in fulfilling his responsibilities at the same time. Drama workshop is just one of the meaningful programmes he hopes to promote and enrich residents’ lives.
Writer: Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Images: Bruno LOVRIC (Hall 10)
Bruno自2013年便就讀於城大，在這之前他曾在美國攻讀了幾年戲劇。於Bruno 而言，戲劇表演是一個表達內心的極好方式，讓他有機會透過想像去實現自我。舞臺上的時光教會了他站在別人的角度思考問題。出演戲劇的經歷改變了他，把他變成了一個更自信的人。所以，他想把他對戲劇的熱情帶給更多人。在得到大學的資金支持之後，他在2014年組建了一個叫做「Break a Leg」（意為：祝賀演員大獲成功）的戲劇工作坊。
“The bonds that I have with my floor-mates and hall-mates are irreplaceable. We learnt to get along with each other, shared countless memories together… Whenever I meet them, it is like going back home – they are like family.”
It is unusual to find students staying up late at night in the Student Residence. Studying, eating, playing video games, chilling out with friends… These sleepless nights have not only nurtured each of our hall cultures, and friendships among residence, but also inspired CHONG Tsz Ying Claudia, alumna of Hall 11, to create her FYP film About Insomnia, which won her an outstanding movie award by UA Cinemas.
About Insomnia evolves around an accountant named “Ah Teen” who suffers from insomnia. In attempting to cure the illness, he finds a professional who helps him delve into his subconscious thoughts to see what is bothering him. At first, he thought it was the breakup with his girlfriend that caused him to be depressed. However, it is more than that – the disturbance is about individuality and social conformity. Since he was young, society has been suppressing his dreams, and as he grew up, he turned into a person whom he doesn’t appreciate or like at all…
“This film is actually a genuine reflection of myself,” said Claudia. “There have been times when I have suffered from anxiety and insomnia due to stress from school and other surroundings; and as a youngster, I had dreams and fantasies just like every one of us. So basically, I incorporated my own experience and personal desires into the film.”
As a hall alumna of CityU Student Residence, Claudia’s hall life has also contributed in part to her inspirations for the film. “The friends that I met at hall inspired me a lot,” she said. “At hall, you always come across people of different majors. Yet, some of us share the same feeling of hopelessness towards our future, society and career.
“I have a friend who is an accounting major. When we were hall-mates, I learnt that he went through tremendous stress during his internship at an accounting firm. Even though I no longer live in hall, we still remain good friends. He helped me a lot in establishing the character of the protagonist”, she added.
The friendships nurtured during Claudia’s stay in hall have not only inspired her artic creations, but she also considers them one of the most precious rewards of her residence life. “The bonds that I have with my floor-mates and hall-mates are irreplaceable. We learnt to get along with each other, shared countless memories together… Whenever I meet them, it is like going back home – they are like family.”
Claudia is a Creative Media graduate of year 2016. She was a resident from Hall 11 and worked for SRO as an outstanding student videographer for several years, editing and shooting videos including the Professor Edmond Ko Cup. “I really recommend residents to apply for SRO jobs. It allows you to practice your specialty and at the same time grants you working flexibility,” she said.
Claudia is now a full-time travel editor. Yet just like the message from her FYP film, she is not bound by society. When asked about her future plans and career, this is what she said, “I am still open for new opportunities.”