「不同」是我們組的特點，亦是善衡書院的特點。我們來自不同的地方，有不同的背景，說不同的語言……但我們相信這些不同會幫助我們做得更好，故我們的motto 是Strengthened by our differences，而我們就像salad 一樣，每人代表不同的食材，互相配合才能發揮最大的效用。
CHEANG IAN I, Flora (Macau)
SHHO College General Education Programme (GESH1010) takes an activity-based approach which is the special characteristic which significantly differentiates the CGE programmes of other colleges and it is this uniqueness that I admire the most. Learning, chatting, playing, working and cooperating with other college members enable me to look at a problem in different directions and at the same time to develop a sense of belongingness to SHHO College.
Before having taken the course, there was a time when my mind was in severe confusion. Several questions kept on appearing in my heart. What will I become in future? Which path should I choose? How can I achieve my success? Is there really a possibility to make my dreams come true in regard to reality? However, after taking this course, I get the main answer to all these questions and that is ‘To choose what I love, to love what I have chosen, and to develop a persistent spirit in life’.
I believe that life in general has never been easy. No one has promised it would be. In fact, failure is often said to come before success. Most of us meet hindrances and this is inevitable. Nevertheless, meeting various obstacles can actually give us an opportunity to strengthen our personal characters. Thus, to achieve our dreams, developing a persistent spirit is absolutely significant.
The course that I took is indeed a source of inspiration to me: Don’t hide from my problems and don’t waste my abilities and time. I understand there is never an end till my last breath. So, in order to live my life to the fullest, I need to bear in mind the saying ‘Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow’.
MENG Fan Yi, Lloyd (Hong Kong)
Faculty of Law
My name is Lloyd Meng, a student of Law at the CUHK and an extremely satisfied first-year student of the S. H. Ho College. “Communal dining” and “Full residence” – these two phrases alone invoke a feeling of home and family: somewhere where a student can truly feel at ease and comfortable. It is this, along with other essential qualities, which makes the S. H. Ho College one of most integral parts of my university experience.
These two qualities were what initially attracted my interest in the college and it has not disappointed. The first communal dining session took place during the orientation camp for the college. Although some people still felt apprehensive towards other students they were unfamiliar with at the college, the atmosphere at the first communal dining session was one that helped unify everyone and helped bring the college together. The atmosphere and the knowledge that everyone in the room was a part of the same college helped incorporate a sense of ease between students in knowing that they were all part of the same, large family at the CUHK.
Before I explain further, allow me to clarify one point. There are three types of dining events at the S. H. Ho college: Communal Dining, Cultural Dining, and High Table Dinners. The most common of these is Communal Dining, where the whole college gathers to share a meal together. Cultural Dining is the next in line, essentially a communal dining session with a message or theme to educate college students in some cultural aspect. And lastly, High Table Dinners, formal events which require proper dress and feature guest speakers.
It is always a pleasure to attend Communal Dining sessions. Being in the presence of professors and other students in the college every week encourages people to meet each other and become a much more tight-knit group of friends than usual. Personally speaking, simply attending the Communal Dining sessions has helped me to meet many of my friends within the college, and I’m sure the same is true for many people. Cultural Dining, on the other hand, is slightly more important in the sense that there is also an important cultural message associated with the meal. The messages have a wide range of topics, from the more casual orientation sharing sessions at the first dinner, to the bridge-building opportunity in Mainland China as part of the latest Cultural Dining session. And finally, the first High Table Dinner was a very grand event. Three long tables filled with students, and a table with the guests and MC’s at the front. The atmosphere in the hall was particularly impressive, and it was interesting to see students from other colleges looking into the hall wondering what we were doing. It felt impressive to be a part of something that was so beautifully presented and structured, and gave a sense of pride to all of the students that were in attendance. Everyone got the chance to sit with their academic mentors assigned from the college as well, so there was a chance to interact with their mentors and fellow mentees in a more formal, distinguished setting. I must not forget to mention, finally, that the food, the most important aspect of the dining sessions, is always delicious, and everyone always eats their fill!