Why Living in the Halls is like Going on a Working Holiday? / 為何在宿舍居住與工作假期無異?

(按此看中文版)

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!

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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)

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在一個生活步伐急促的城市下成長,香港的大學生機乎沒有時間或機會實踐工作假期計劃。然而,你知道嗎?住在香港城市大學學生宿舍所體驗的生活與工作假期其實很相似呢!

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一方面,宿舍為你提供各種學習機會,從而有助個人發展。你會遇上來自不同的地方宿生,如德國、韓國和中國大陸等。這就像在世界各地旅行時遇上不同國家的新朋友一樣!宿舍十分鼓勵宿生在這個跨文化社區與交流生聊天,從中了解不同國家的文化及價值觀,提升跨文化敏感度。

另一方面,不同舍堂聯合舉辦的「聯呵比賽(即聯舍比賽)」為宿生提供與非本地生良性競爭的機會。這些比賽包括運動,如籃球、足球及乒乓球,亦包括藝術,如音樂及攝影。從這些良性競爭當中,宿生能夠學會各種運動技能和欣賞不同地方的文化及藝術。難道你不認為這方面的經驗和工作假期的生活差不多嗎?工作假期中,你有機會與外國人交流及競爭,而城大的宿舍生活正正能夠給予你這種相似及可貴的經驗!

更重要的是,宿生在宿舍生活中能夠獲得有益及有價值的技能,如培養自己獨立,懂得溝通,增強解決問題能力。宿舍的生活與工作假期相似,宿生需要好好照顧自己,並有效地管理和分配自己的時間。每當遇到困難時,宿生必須自己面對挑戰,而不是立刻向父母尋求幫助。漸漸地,宿生解決疑難的能力也會提升。此外,我曾提到的宿舍活動絕對可以提升宿生的跨文化人際交往能力。因此,任何人也應緊握在宿舍生活中提升個人技能的機會!

總括而言,宿舍生活簡直就是本地小型的「工作假期」經驗!毋須到海外工作及旅遊,在跨文化宿生社區與不同背景的宿生交流便可以豐富大學生活,並有助於個人發展。

文:   何柏妮 (李兆基堂)

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