SERVE ABOVE SELF AND RECONSTRUCT HUMAN BODY
“Change hopelessness into possibility”
Continuing the tradition, Hall 2 organised their monthly SPECIAL Hall night talk on the 11th of October in the Multi-function Hall B, which attracted a lot of students and staff members. The speaker for the talk: “Serve above self and reconstruct human body” was Dr Peter Pang Chi Wang, who is a plastic surgeon by profession, a Rotarian and has served as the district governor in the year 2015-16. He is also a recipient of the Hong Kong Humanity Award.
Even before the clock struck 9, when the talk was officially supposed to start, Dr Peter and the students had some interesting conversations. Dr Peter shared about his experience as a hall resident while he was studying medicine in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was curious to know about the current life of residents in CityU. He was amazed to find out that the CityU Student Residence is like a little world in itself with residents from so many nationalities and various opportunities to learn about each other’s culture.
He started by talking about his desire of being an architect and how he eventually decided to explore the vast field of medicine and decided to be a doctor. The desire to build and construct still stayed and he decided to specialise in plastic surgery, and now instead of constructing on the ground he does it on the human body. He discussed more about the different areas that come under the field of plastic surgery. To the surprise of many, he also told how aesthetic surgery is just a very small percent of what they do. The talk gave students a new insight to what people seemingly think of as a luxury is what so many people need due to various medical reasons. He shared images of transformation and recovery of his several patients as well.
He used powerful words like choice, plan, time and smile to further dwell on the theme of the talk. He took this platform to create awareness about cleft deformities due to genetic factors which hinder such people to fully integrate into the society and also face discrimination but in reality are as good as any normal human. He talked about how we can effortlessly adorn our face with a smile, but people with cleft lip deformities cannot even think of it, unless they get plastic surgery. He reflected back on his past experiences and shared how he could change hopelessness into possibilities. He also emphasised how everyone can engage in humanitarian work. He said “there is always an overlapping area between what you are good at and what the world needs, and this overlapping area is exactly what you can focus on to be a gift to the world”
He also talked about the importance of exploring new things by saying “yes” to every opportunity that comes along the way and moving out of one’s comfort zone. He said “moving out of our comfort zone to move into the uncomfortable zone is the process of expanding our comfort zone”. Thus leaving no stones unturned.
Towards the end, the floor was open to questions. Most of the questions asked by the students were regarding time management and making choices in life, to which Dr Peter advised that one should clearly know their priorities and passion and then finding time for things that matter is not difficult. He stressed on the fact that being completely present rather than just physical presence should be maintained at all times, so that the learning can be maximised at each moment. He also recommended that we should take care of our health and humorously said “if you don’t take care of your health now, the doctor will take care of it 20 years later but with an expensive price”. Finally, Dr Ray, the Hall 2 hall master asked Dr Peter about his opinion of CityU students on the basis of the interactions so far. To that he replied that he finds CityU students to be very energetic and eager to learn, not just from books but from practical experiences.
The next SPECIAL Hall Night Talk would be held on 7 November and the speaker invited is Mr. Herbert Chia Pun Kok, who was the former Vice president and head of data committee of Alibaba Group, the largest e-commerce company and currently Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China which controls $1.4 trillion USD stock market value. Join it to know about “Data and your future”.
Writer: Muskaan Gandhi, HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2)