Only to the Struggling / 致掙扎奮鬥中的你


Whether you’re struggling personally, professionally, academically or otherwise, I’m sincerely here to help. Here are 10 things that I want to say to you, as a struggling student myself:

  1. Believe in yourself: learn to be your own cheerleader. If everyone’s against you, at least one person is there to support you.
  2. Be grateful for the smallest of things: you’re alive, that’s a good enough reason.
  3. You can cry for an hour, but then force yourself to go out and do something. Eat, write, draw, get out of bed, whatever. When you’re struggling, celebrating seemingly small accomplishments can help you gain your confidence.
  4. Whatever your position is right now, it’s doesn’t define your future. You still have the same chance to change the world as anyone else.
  5. When people rub their GPAs and scholarships in your face, kindly smile and walk away.
  6. When people complain about how fabulous their life is, kindly smile and walk away.
  7. You don’t have to proof anything to your parents, friends, anyone, or yourself.
  8. Trust me, it’s gonna get better. You really just have to believe in yourself.
  9. Be kind to yourself. If you fail worse than everyone else, improve yourself. You can change only when you want to.
  10. Just laugh it out. Life is ridiculous anyways.

Kindness towards yourself and others is a choice.

Writer:   Dazi CREMONITA



  1. 相信自己:要學著為自己吶喊助威—即使周遭都是反對的聲音,你還可以堅定支持自己。
  2. 為最不起眼的小事心懷感激:你還在人生道路上求索,這就足以感激和歡欣。
  3. 你可以哭上一小時。但之後,即使是強迫自己,你也要出去走走,做些其他事。去覓食,去寫作,去畫畫,總之是不能賴在床上。於痛苦掙紮時,為一切看似細微的成就而歡欣,能讓你更加自信。
  4. 無論你現在的位置如何,這都不能決定你的未來。你與其他所有人一樣,都有同等的機會去改變這個世界。
  5. 若是有人在你面前反復炫耀他們的績點和獎學金,你大可微微一笑,瀟灑走開。
  6. 若是有人向你甜蜜地抱怨,以顯示自己過得有多好,你亦可微微一笑,瀟灑走開。
  7. 不必將事事都擺到父母面前,不必非要向他們證明自己。
  8. 相信我,事情總會好起來。你真的只需要給自己一點信心。
  9. 善待自己。如果你覺得自己落敗得很慘,那麽就去提升自我。只有真的渴望改變,你才能實現它。
  10. 笑對人生,因為生活本就荒誕不經。



作者:   Dazi CREMONITA
譯:   李怡靜 (舍堂十)

Uni? U-N-I? You and I? / 大學戀愛——必修課?



Romance smells like freshly cut daises just as I imagine how deforestation would smell like.  It looks pretty on the surface but in all honesty it’s just a call for an allergic reaction from pollen – perhaps even a bee sting.

I take on this view because I’m a person who can barely take care of myself, how can I expect myself to care for another human being? Hall return, GPA, social life, sleep – fitting a relationship into all of this would be chaotic. It is something that takes energy and time to be maintained and if it does not last in the future then, why bother?

I am a firm believer that there are only two perspectives to this topic which is divided by a clear line: skeptical people like me against people who are more positive about relationships.

I try to understand those who are in a relationship and seem to be galloping on their rainbow unicorn with their prince or princess (or two princes or princesses, I ain’t hating) into the blazing sunset. University is all about trial and error, here you can try all sorts of new things and not be scared of judgment. It can be a learning point in preparation for your future relationships. A wise friend once told me that it reduces stress and you never have to sit alone for lunch.

But for those who want to be in a relationship just so you can show off your boyfriend or girlfriend as if they were an accessory is something you should reconsider.  Don’t compare yourself to others and be pressured to have #RelationshipGoals.

Just be happy with yourself, whether you are in a relationship or single.

Writer:   Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Image:   HJ Story









文:   Julianne DIONISIO (賽馬會敬賢堂)
譯:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖:   HJ Story

Flick off Those Homesick Blues / 想家愁緒通通走

It was already late in the afternoon, and I was still rolling around my bed with a heavy body; I could have easily blamed the weather and the whole new atmosphere for my sickness but there was something more.

Homesickness. That thing that I labeled as a myth finally caught up with me and proved itself. No matter how much I had anticipated this new independence and change, it was affecting me physically.

It is an easier choice to stay indoors and sulk all day until the feeling wears off but push yourself to get out there and explore your surroundings. Remind yourself of why you were so excited about this new place in the beginning. If your schedule is too loose, fill it up and discover things that you truly appreciate. On the other hand, find ways to relax yourself if your days are too stressful; put down your book and go for a breather.

Meet new people; having friends that can support you whenever you feel down is what makes an environment a place to call home. We all need worthy individuals to whom we can pour out your time and effort.

There are few bits of ritual that I maintain whenever I crave for home; I would occasionally cook my dad’s chicken stew – it does its magic of taking me back to our family dinner table. However, it is still on its way to perfection.

There is no shame in wanting to reconnect with people that has been part of your previous daily routine. Be it a 30-seconds-call or a simple Facebook message, constantly keeping in touch with your loved ones will flick off those homesick blues.

Writer: Julianne DIONISIO (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)
Images: Rachel MAN (Lee Shau Kee Hall)

Some of us may be missing our family already. After all, they are our main source of support. You are not alone on that. We are happy to support you always. 新來的宿生可能已經開始想家了,畢竟在家千日好,家人永遠是你最好的支持。別怕,我們也在你的身邊支持著你!








文:Julianne DIONISIO(賽馬會敬賢堂)

[Hong Kong Summers: Learning to Love] 【你有沒有愛上香港的夏天】


[Hong Kong Summers: Learning to Love]

By: Sadhika NANDA (Chan Sui Kau Hall)

Images: LCSD

The sun is strong, the air is heavy. The days are getting longer while your hair is getting shorter. Water from air conditioners is dripping down on Mongkok while you wait for the rain over in Kowloon Tong. And then, on a sweltering afternoon in June, here comes the rain! The rain- how relieving it is, for all of five minutes before you realise you wore your nice shoes today!

To me, all of this truly epitomizes a Hong Kong summer; not to forget the sunglasses and summer dresses, the beaches and clear blue skies and most importantly, the relief of Festival Walk’s air-conditioned, ice-cool air after the walk down from the Student Residence!

But here is why I truly, with all my heart love a good Hong Kong summer:

  1. The Colours
    Don’t get me wrong- I love grey winter coats and black leather boots just as much as anyone else, but there is something else about seeing everyone dressed in happy colours. Everyone and everything, too: the flowers are abloom, and the trees have their lush once again.
  2. Longer Days

The sun sets after 7 P.M. every single day of summer. It is an unparalleled feeling to see daylight for 12 hours a day- imagines waking up from an afternoon nap and still having enough time to make it to the Peak for sunset!

  1. The Views

Hong Kong has spoiled us all with its breathtaking sky-high buildings and the views that come with. And there is no time like the summer to catch these views at their best- with no clouds tainting your experience, and the lights dazzling in the warm air.

  1. Art Month!

This aspect is our summer’s most unique: the season starts with March, Hong Kong’s unofficial month of art. While art adorns the streets of our beloved city, there is no dearth of places to visit to immerse oneself in Hong Kong’s culture of art. March kick starts summer on the best note possible- with passion.

Go on, then. Beat the heat- by embracing it.



文: Sadhika NANDA (陳瑞球堂)

譯: 高路延

圖: 康文署




  1. 夏日的顏色


  1. 更長的白晝


  1. 香港的美景


  1. 藝術的盛宴



[A Letter to HK] 【致香港的一封信】



[A Letter to HK]

By: Michelle CHIANG (Hall 10)



Dear HK,


It has been 19 years. How have you been?


I heard that you have changed, a lot. There are things I love and things I hate.


I love that you have a strong sense of your own identity. You are proudly Chinese, but distinctly westernized – expressing in an open embrace of your local culture.


I have always loved animals, and I love that you now have four adorable pandas at your themed park.


I love that you weathered many economic storms. There were tough times in 1998, 2000 and 2003, but you survived anyway, with a low unemployment rate and a booming tourism industry.


However, I am disappointed on your emphasis on tourism. Tourists are not here to appreciate your culture or your beautiful landscape. Most of them are here for jewelry, watches, gold, and other branded products.


I am upset that your mother language is being threatened. Before 1997, English was once hailed to be the language that is more superior and yet you were still able to celebrate your root in Cantonese through your famous Hong Kong movies and music. After the handover, your native language is further bumped down to the third-ranking language with the rise of Mandarin. How does the future of Cantonese seem to you, when you children don’t even speak the language at school?


I hate that your freedom is now being constraint. You used to speak what you want, express what you feel. But now, someone might condemn you if you do.
Even so, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best.


I loved you and I will always love you.

Yours faithfully,
A girl of the 90’s


文: 蔣敏瑩 (舍堂十)




















[The Glamour of Aurora] 【極光之下】

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[The Glamour of Aurora]

By: Clair GAO

Image: Clair GAO


I went to UBC, Canada for exchange last semester. In February, I left Vancouver and went to Yellowknife with my friends to see the aurora. Aurora viewing has been on my wish list for a long time.


Yellowknife is very close to the Arctic. When we arrived, it was around – 30℃. I wore all the clothes I had, but it was still freezing. There was even ice on my eyelashes. The town was very quiet. Most people were travelers from all over the world. Everyone seemed excited. They were either playing with the knee-high snow, having a cup of hot coffee in the café, or waiting for a seat at the most famous restaurant in town for its world-loved fish and chips.


Around 9 pm, we were taken to the campsite. Aurora was not guaranteed every night because it had a lot to do with the weather and geographical factors. We didn’t see any obvious ones on the first day. However, on the second day, the view was amazing. Aurora was in different shapes: line, circle, belts… Most were green, but you could also find purple and pink on the edges. I couldn’t find any appropriate words to describe my feelings. I was so tiny compared to the nature. I kept looking up into the sky and tried not to blink. We got even luckier on the third night when we witnessed the aurora moving very fast.


Although you were not able to join me to witness this wonderful experience, I hope you like my sharing and photo just as much. Hope you would have your own aurora experience some day!



文: 高路延

圖: 高路延









[Say Goodbye to Mosquitos] 【和蚊子說再見】

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[Say Goodbye to Mosquitos]

By: Clair GAO



Summer is coming.


We go hiking, go swimming and enjoy the sunshine with all our hearts. However, we are annoyed by one thing—the mosquitos. Mosquitos are everywhere and they especially like humid environments, for example, the bushes in the garden. Mosquitos have a bite on us without making any noises. We do not realize being attacked until our skin turns red and gets itchy. How can we get rid of mosquitos? Let me introduce some ways to help you tackle them!


First of all, buy a bottle of insect repellent spray. It’s very convenient and you can use it anywhere at any time. There are many different brands. Remember to check whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients.


Secondly, use electric mosquito repellent before going to bed. It’s quite annoying if we find a mosquito flying around us when we are asleep. The smell of repellent can keep them away and guarantee a good sleep for you. (Be aware thought that naked flames are NOT allowed in the Student Residence so please DO NOT burn any incense!)


Thirdly, keep moving when you are outdoors. Mosquitos are more likely to target you if you stand still.


Finally, use repellent stickers or try using sonic waves to drive mosquitos away with sonic waves with mobile apps.


It is said that whether mosquitos “like” you depends on your body temperature, breathe and even blood type. Anyway, hope these tips can help you get rid of the abhorrent mosquitos and enjoy the summer time!



文: 高路延














[Tips on Fire Safety] 【防火,從你我做起】

[Tips on Fire Safety]

By: Clair GAO

Image: HKET



A big fire broke out in a mini-warehouse at Ngau Tau Kok on June 21, costing two firemen’s precious lives and leaving two heartbroken families behind. The accident raises our awareness of fire safety. There are many things we can do to avoid a fire tragedy in our daily life. The followings are some tips for you:


  1. Remember that no naked flames are allowed in the Student Residence. Do not use a lighter or candles. A small flame can start a big fire. Do not take any risks. It is better to be cautious than sorry.
  2. Do not smoke within the University area, including the Student Residence. Smoking in the University offends the law and is strictly forbidden. Please do not take a chance and think you can always walk away with smoking in the halls. Once you are caught, you will have to pay a fine up to HK$5,000 maximum.


  1. I would like to remind you not to leave electronic appliances on when you are not in hall. Don’t leave electronic devices charging when you are away. It seems to have saved your time but the hidden danger is beyond your imagination.


  1. Finally, keep an eye on the postings about fire safety on the Internet and take part in the fire drill organized by SRO. Learn what to do to prevent a fire from happening and how to keep yourself safe in a fire may save your life and others.



文: 高路延

圖: 香港經濟日報




  1. 首先,請記得學生宿舍區禁止明火。請不要使用打火機或蠟燭。火苗看起來或許很小很安全,但是很多大火正是由小火苗引起的。因此不要冒險,對身邊再微小的事物都要謹慎。
  2. 其次,在大學範圍內不要吸煙。在學校區域內吸煙是被法律嚴令禁止的。不要懷有僥倖心理。一旦被發現,你需要支付高達$5,000港幣的罰金。
  3. 第三,在你離開宿舍的時候請不要將電子設備留在房間內,比如充電。或許你覺得這樣可以節省時間,但是這有巨大的安全隱患。
  4. 最後,經常關注網上的防火小常識,並參加由學生宿舍處舉辦的防火演習,這些都可以提高我們的防火意識。知道怎樣防止火災以及火災一旦發生如何自我保護或包含他人,都是很重要的事情。

[Summertime Madness] 【夏日的煩惱】

[Summertime Madness]

By: Dazi CREMONITA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)



Nope, not just you. I am also conscious of this unforgiving weather. The AC totally helps, but here are 5 other ways you can keep your cool.

  1. Let your skin breathe
  • This means no leather, no tights, nothing heavy, and nothing thick. Give your skin some space to perspire. Sportswear would be a good idea. Cutting you hair also lets your scalp free and follicles breathe. Less air flow on your skin means heat and sweat and dirt, which may present the unpleasant aftermath.


  1. Keep yourself hydrated
  • Just chug in water and fruits. Bring a decent amount of water every time you decide to go out. Sweating from the heat cools your skin while taking up a lot of water, but taking liquids help keep your internal temperature down. Fruits are also inherently cold, so consuming them not only is healthy, but also rejuvenating.


  1. Get that portable fan
  • Good news, you can be in a hair commercial too. Lock your audition by buying that battery powered, portable fan.


  1. Breathe. Breathe.
  • Avoid yourself from having too much stress and pressure. Overthinking, and stressing out means more blood flow, which means more internal body heat. Nothing comes good from negative pressure: anxiety, irrational fears, insomnia, and heart palpitations among others. Try slowly breathing in and out, let your body relax. Listen to music and talk to people. Give yourself a break.


  1. Get to planting
  • Global warming might not be a conspiracy theory after all, y’all.



文: Dazi CREMONITA (賽馬會群智堂)

譯: 高路延





  1. 讓你的皮膚盡情呼吸
  • 不要穿皮革製成的或是緊身衣褲,也儘量避免厚重的衣物。只有這樣,你才能給你的肌膚足夠的空間排出汗液。穿一些運動款式的服裝是個很好的選擇。把頭髮剪短同樣有助於頭皮的呼吸。若是空氣不能自如地和你的皮膚接觸,熱量便難以被流動的空氣帶走,汗液無法有效排出,這會帶來細菌和污垢,也正是你感到不舒服的原因。


  1. 攝入充足的水分
  • 多飲水,多吃水果。每次出門之前都帶上足夠的水。出汗讓你涼快,卻帶走了大量水分。這時,喝水可以讓你身體內部的溫度有所下降。水果則在讓我們變得更加健康的同時,使我們保持活力。


  1. 買一個可擕式小風扇
  • 市面上所賣的可擕式風扇靠電池供電,方便而實用。買一把,讓你的頭髮在風中飄揚起來,展現你的星級魅力吧!


  1. 深呼吸
  • 別讓自己有太大壓力。過度的思考和負擔使得血壓升高,也就容易使得身體內部的熱量上升。負面情緒和壓力可能引起焦慮,恐慌,失眠,心悸…慢慢地呼氣,吸氣,做幾次深呼吸,讓你的身體放輕鬆。你也可以聽聽音樂或是和朋友說說話,總之給自己一個放鬆的機會。


  1. 種植盆栽
  • 全球氣候變暖多多少少和這有些關係。種植盆栽有利於改善地球的環境,包括散熱。