The Welcome Tea Session for Residence Tutors and Residence Masters 2016 began at 5PM in Moon Chun Multi-function Hall (MFH A) last Thursday. The event was graced by the presence of our 10 elegant and handsome Residence Masters (RMs) as well as our passionate Residence Tutors (RTs). The atmosphere continued to brighten up as more people arrived to chat with one another and take photos together. They were eager to immerse themselves in joy and happiness.
“The questions often brought back memories from my freshman year and I felt like seeing my old self again!” ~ Sarina LEI (Hall 10)
I took the chance to speak with a few RTs and RMs. When asked about how she felt to be a new RT, Sarina LEI (Hall 10) smiled broadly, “The workload is way more than I expected. The new residents have been asking me a lot of questions everyday since they have moved in. The questions often brought back memories from my freshman year and I felt like seeing my old self again! I’m so glad that I can help them.”
In fact, both new and old RTs all described their job as challenging. Our new RTs worried that they might not be able to address residents’ problems efficiently thus being not welcomed, though they also saw hope and confidence in bettering themselves from future challenges. By contrast, the old RTs indicated that part of their pressure came from the unpredictable changes in traditional hall activities.
Dr. FANG Yulin, RM of Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9), took over Hall 11 as the Acting RM this year. He was exploring the unique culture of Hall 11 currently and said that the RTs from both halls had been in close contact ever since. While the cultures of the two halls shared their own similarities and differences, Dr. Fang looked forward to host joint-hall activities between the two.
Later at the opening ceremony came the SRO staff and our 10 RMs! Prof. Horace IP, Vice-President (Student Affairs), conveyed his encouragement and expectations in his opening speech, “Our Student Residence accommodates more than 3,000 students from all over the world. It’s a miniature of the society and a mini-Hong Kong… My hope for you reflects in the responsibilities of our RMs and RTs, which is to maximize happiness and minimize unhappiness.” His words was highly motivating to those who were present.
The subsequent video screening of RT training activities captured our RTs’ never-failing spirit in challenging themselves to become better leaders in the residence community. Oh, and by the way, have you heard the beautiful music when you passed by MFH A that evening? That was the performance brought by our versatile RTs–Darian CHAN (Alumni Civility Hall), CHEUNG Sai Hung (Chan Sui Kau Hall), and Tracy CHEUNG (Hall 10)–in presenting Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years.
When the Tea finally came to an end, the hope and desire to build a better hall life were sparkling in everyone’s eyes. The Tea has not only reflected their common belief to make the upcoming residential year a fruitful one, but it also symbolized their promise to carry out their responsibilities in full.
Writer: Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator: Violet CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), Kelvin NG
上星期四傍晚五點半，坐標滿珍綜合禮堂（MFH A），一場低調奢華有內涵的茶會拉開帷幕。舍監們（RM）優雅帥氣， 導師們（RT）笑容燦爛.。是了，這是新學期RM與RT的歡迎茶會。說到這次茶會呀，精緻的小食種類不少呢！（咳，跑題了……）隨著大家陸陸續續到來， 會場逐漸熱鬧起來，大家互相交談拍照，不亦樂乎。
茶會終於要開始了，學生宿舍處的工作人員和舍監們隆重登場啦！副校長(學生事務) 葉豪盛教授給大家寄語和鼓勵：「我們宿舍住著三千多位來自世界各地的同學們，這是一個小社會，一個小香港… 我的期望和RM、RT的職責不約而同，便是將這裡的快樂放到最大，將不快樂最小化……」這番話振奮在場的每一位，也感動著大家。