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By Gülsah GÜRÜK (Jockey Club Humanity Hall)

After a year full of memories, I have already started to miss everything that I have had and everyone that I have met in HK. To be honest, I was not quite sure about what kind of adaptation process was waiting for me here. My first day in HK is in my mind just like yesterday. Everything suddenly became totally safe and familiar when I arrived in the CityU Residence. The first person that I tried to communicate with was our security guard. After chatting with her for two semesters, the result is unbelievable indeed. I have improved my Putonghua, she has improved her English; but of course the most important thing has been that people have always been sincere and helpful for all residents, just like parents.

I already made many friends on my first day. Since that day, everything became more and more unbelievably happy with the help of all my friends. They were always willing to invite me to activities like the Joint-Hall Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, Wing Chun activity, Food Competition, dessert nights with floormates, hot-Pot in the Common Room, cycling with hallmates and so on. I enjoyed all the activities that I joined and shared some cultural values with my friends.
Cultural exchange was the most important thing in my HK exchange life. I wasn't expecting that I would be able to know so many people in such a short time, but I could even make friends when I was walking from campus to hall. I would never imagine that I would have the courage to sing a Putonghua song at the Joint-Hall Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration  in front of a large audience, I mean a Chinese audience!

 That night was one of the unique experiences in my life, when I could see all locals, and also exchange friends from Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. If they had not given me the cue by singing the song all together, it wouldn't have been so memorable and magnificent.
I am very glad that I have had a chance to spend a year in HK with such experiences in hall life. HK has been fabulous to visit for travelling, but experiencing the diversity in residence has made my exchange life more meaningful to remember after I go back to Turkey.