Hong Kong: Too many memories...
will hear many stories about Asia but until you have experienced
it first hand, you will not be able to realise how fantastic this
continent is! HONG KONG, for me, has been an eye-opening experience!
When I first began my studies here, HKUST was mentioned by one or
two professors as the Hong Kong University of Stress and Torture.
However, I quickly learned this is definitely NOT the case. The right
balance of work and play is essential, and the saying “Work
hard, play harder” is perfect definition for exchange here
in Hong Kong.
The University has got to be one of the nicest
in the world. How many Universities’ can boost their own private
beach? Not many! To wake up on a morning, go out onto the balcony
and see the view of the sea has been terrific. The facilities here
are excellent and very well maintained, and they are all free to
use. The living costs here are extremely cheap.
Coming from the UK, I have never been able to realise
what nice weather actually was. The sun has been shining since day
one. When I return to home to the UK -- all I will do is complain
about gloomy weather!
British Council contacted HKUST about scholarship opportunities for
UK students studying in Hong Kong. I applied and to my very surprise – I
was successfully! This was a marvellous bonus and will help me greatly
in my studies, travelling and also to enjoy my time here more.
Hong Kong is in the centre of Asia. If you want
to go North you can go to Japan, China or Korea. If you would prefer
the South then you have the choice of Bali, Philippines, or Malaysia.
If you want to explore the West then you can try Vietnam, Thailand,
Laos or Cambodia. The difference between all of these countries is
amazing, even the difference between Beijing and Shanghai are large.
For me, this has to be one of the best experiences
of my life. I have met so many people from around the world who I
will definitely be keeping in touch with for a long, long time. My
advice to you is do not pass up on this amazing and unforgettable