Welcome to the October issue of ResLink! This month’s edition features stories about the many events held at the Student Residence in the past few weeks, as well as tales of following your dreams, helping others and the environment.

The Multi-function Halls of the Student Residence saw a lot of action in the past few months. Besides playing host to the meaningful residential camp for the Elderly Academy at the end of July, they have witnessed the arrival of this semester’s new residents, and more recently, a large celebration in honour of the Mid-Autumn Festival as well as a gathering of international non-exchange students. Keep an eye out for promotional flyers around the residences and SRO’s emails. There are always exciting events happening right here at the Student Residence. And don’t miss the article about the many facets of Halls 1, 2 and 3 – three other awesome buildings here at the Student Residence.

If you are thinking about living off-campus during Semester B or if you want to get a head start on finding an off-campus accommodation for next fall, don’t forget about the many ways that the SRO can help you find a suitable off-campus place to live.

A common theme in the stories of local and mainland Chinese students is how heavily their parents influenced their decision as to what to study in university. Jocelyn CHU Yi Wei has opened up to us about her tale of her parents’ influence in choosing her major when she was in her Foundation Year, her struggles with that reality, and how she overcame her frustrations, in the hope of inspiring other students not to give up on their dreams, no matter what. If your dreams include sharing your time and talents with the less fortunate, I encourage you to check out and join the City-Youth Empowerment Project and become a mentor or tutor to a child in need.

Did you join the Hong Kong No Air-Con Night on 29 September 2010? While reducing your air-con use is a great way to lessen your carbon footprint, there are still many other ways in which you can decrease your energy consumption. Check out these cool tips for helping the Student Residence to consume less energy, to cut down on food waste, and to become more environmentally sustainable.

Happy reading! And don’t forget to vote for your Hall’s Residents’ Association on 20 and 21 October 2010 in Multi-Function Hall A!