As I had promised, after a very nice and calming swim downstairs in the outdoor pool, I once again found inspiration to write about my experience in this surreal place called HKUST.
Exactly why do I feel so mystified everyday??! See, my dorm is located directly across the mass of water surrounding the University, filled with hiking trails, misty evenings, and sometimes even typhoons (don’t worry, it’s only been level 1 thus far and can be quite nice when it is seriously humid outside). But that being said, everything is within walking distance and I absolutely love the convenience of it all. The sports facilities, the ‘Unibar’, canteens and cafes, and most importantly, other halls full of exchange students just like me. It’s essentially like Lister, only think of multiple halls (7 in total) all within 5 minutes walk of each other, and the quality of halls as a whole building ranges so that the higher the hall number, the newer the hall is. Subsequently, that also means the more expensive it is.
***FYI: Renting a double room for one semester can range anywhere from $4000-$6500 HKD, depending on the hall you get!
Anyway, I just met my roommate yesterday (MJ). She’s what they call a full-time international student. This is different from us ‘exchange students’ as they study at HKUST for their entire degree. I observed this mainly through the fact that I brought one suitcase & a duffel and she brought about…4 suitcases, 5 duffels, and a few big boxes here and there. lol. Despite the baggage, she seems really nice and I look forward to learning some Korean lingo from her! ^_^
Oh and one last thing. Yesterday, about 180 of us exchange students went on the Lantau Island Tour, which consisted of us going to see the big Buddha via light rail and more than anything, the vegetation in Hong Kong surprised me the most. River-bank woodlands, lowland woodland, low-hill forests, montane forests, and even palm trees! It was then that I realized how much Hong Kong embraced the idea of fusion. Fusion of metropolitan life and mother nature. But even on another level, having interacted with locals and visiting high traffic areas made me think even more so, the adaptability of international eclectic lifestyles yet still remaining somehow authentically Chinese. Interesting.
Well, it’s that time again. Tomorrow is my last “first day” of school in undergrad. Hopefully I’ll learn lots from all my classes. So far, it looks pretty good.
Effective Negotiations- MGMT 235
Corporate Strategy- MGMT 321
Fashioning Identities- HUMA 100
Architecture- Pritzker Prize Winners HUMA 200H.
Plus on top of all that there is a Welcome Feast for us iVillagers! Gah, I’m so excited to meet all my floor mates, suite mates, and hall mates!!! I hope the feeling of excitement doesn’t give me bad sleep…
Ok, talk to you all soon enough. ^_~