4 December 2013
A Flashback to My Four Years
A student from Guangdong, Qingwu WU of the Department of Mathematics graduated with honours and enjoyed a great school life as the sixth President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association Undergraduate (CSSAUG) and an exchange student to the University of Maryland in Semester B, 2011/12. After undertaking an internship at HSBC, he is now working for a company that helps clients to start their own businesses.
Click on the pictures above and read WU’s four-year life path at CityU!
As a freshman, I did not have a clear plan in mind but I very much looked forward to a colourful and enjoyable campus life. I was very excited about making every opportunity count in CityU.
English is the major language used for teaching and learning in Hong Kong. At first, I was so stressed out that I felt like I couldn’t even live without a dictionary. But after a while, I was able to use more vocabulary and could communicate with my professors more comfortably. I then realised that there are never shortcuts to academic success except by braving the challenges.
I understand the language barrier faced by non-local students in Hong Kong. As I am from Guangdong province, I have the advantage of speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin. I am proud of having established “Ming Yue Hui” (the Cantonese Club), teaching Cantonese to mainland students.
After a fierce campaign, I was elected as the Academic Officer for CSSAUG. During my term, I organised a study tour to Taiwan. While coping with the overstaffing problem, I tried hard to strike a balance between all the different opinions to pull things together so that we would not stray from our initial intention – to provide a homey feeling for our members. I learnt a lot from the experience!
This was a critical year. It was time to focus on my personal goal and to prepare for exchange study and internship.
With a determination to serve my fellow mainland students, I was successfully elected as the sixth President of CSSAUG. I began to address our overstaffing problem and restructured the association. It made me realise that passion and determination are keys to success.
Study was very important, too. It was crucial, in the first year, to lay a sound foundation in English. The second year was the time to do more in-depth academic work and projects. Just staying in the library might not be the best option. It is good to listen to the ideas of others, because it might enlighten your mind.
The “Ming Yue Hui” Cantonese Club continued to run. Although forming a club from scratch was very challenging, I was fulfilled and glad to see that students were making great progress in adapting to life in Hong Kong through learning Cantonese.
This was a year of love and career development. Life was good, filled with passion and energy.
I did my exchange study at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I experienced American education and also made a lot of international friends. This gave me the chance to broaden my horizons and experience different cultures.
I had a successful phone interview with HSBC during my exchange study in the US and received an offer of internship back in Hong Kong. Many universities in Hong Kong offer internship opportunities for students, and it is up to us to seize these chances. A proactive mind-set always helps.
When I was an intern, I constantly observed what people did in the working environment. Internship is a good opportunity to expand your social network. If you want to find a job in Hong Kong, understanding the local working style is important.
What’s better than being a tutor at hall in your final year?
Hall 10’s hall master Dr Justin ROBERTSON was a cool guy! The main reason I became a tutor was because I liked Justin a great deal! What’s more, as a tutor you get special benefits like living in a single room. Of course, you also carry a lot of responsibilities.
During my time as a hall tutor, the greatest thing I learnt was to be patient with others because everybody came from a different cultural background. I held a heart full of gratitude for having the opportunity to volunteer and serve my hall mates without expecting rewards for helping others.
To work or to apply for research study? This was something that was hard to decide. Having considered my professional training and my personality, I knew I was more interested in working in Hong Kong than in pursuing further study as a graduate student. It’s not a matter of right or wrong; it’s a matter of being true to yourself and being responsible for each decision you make as an adult.