By Johnna WIENS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Kung Hei Fat Choi!  Happy New Year and welcome to the Year of the Rabbit!  I hope that you all had as much fun celebrating the Lunar New Year as I did and that you were able to relax and get rested and ready for the last three quarters of the semester.  If you are like me and many of my international friends, you were celebrating a slightly unfamiliar holiday in your home away from home.  If you are a local student or were lucky enough to journey home for the celebration, read this account of a local student on exchange in the United Kingdom this semester to get an idea of what it’s like to be Chinese celebrating the Chinese New Year in the midst of a different culture.  Or, if you’ve ever wondered what life is like for a foreigner celebrating the holidays of local Chinese cultures, check out these insightful tales of one international student’s experience with the Student Residence New Year’s celebrations and another’s impressions of the various residence halls’ High Table Dinners.

Although it feels like this semester is just beginning and that it’s too early to start worrying about next fall already, remember that the application period for securing a room in the Student Residence is fast approaching.  For returning international students whose bed place is not guaranteed beyond their second year of study, be sure to follow all of the steps for renewing your place at the residence.  Applications should be submitted between 22nd and 28th March, and results will be announced on 15th April. Check out this article for the specific details and the answers to some frequently asked questions. And don’t forget about applying for hall scholarships

Once again, Kary has provided us with an insightful book review.  This month, she explores the many intricacies of human relationships in her review of How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  And in the second installation of our semester-long review of the university’s 5-year Strategic Plan, see how the Student Residence is contributing to University’s overall goal of improving our campus sustainability and learn how you can make this an impactful effort.

Last but not least, don’t forget that 21 – 25 February is this semester’s Thank You Week.  Use it as an opportunity to express some well-deserved gratitude to our hardworking cleaners and landscaping staff, our caring security guards, the Homey Kitchen crew and anyone else who deserves some extra appreciation.  And as we draw upon the busiest weeks of the semester, remember to appreciate yourself and your own physical and mental wellbeing.  Although they may seem like a convenient channel for eliminating stress, habits such as drinking or cigarette smoking are not a sustainable way to deal with the stresses of university life.  Perhaps it’s time to consider giving these habits up for good.  Maybe it’s time to think about adding new some new techniques to your stress-busting repertoire.  Either way, we at ResLink want you to know that we care about your physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

Have a marvelous month and enjoy persuing this month’s issue!


ResLink Issue No.32
Feb 2011