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過去九年在城大,我每年抽空家訪學生,挑的幾乎都不是生活優渥的家庭。今晩拜訪了兩個印象深刻的家庭。

添欣學應用社會學,行走不方便。她外向,樂觀,助人,功課好,志工是她日常生活的一部分,中學在香港電台當過 DJ,今年暑假在立法會實習,有志進修社工碩士學位。她用老式的輪椅當行走工具,搭地鐵、電梯、過馬路,無論天候狀況,沒有怨言,上課聚會從不遲到早退。問她未來做什麼?添欣無意辦公室的工作,薪水多少不是心中的目標,只想踏上社會,服務需要被服務的眾生!

育基學物理,有學習障礙,從小就是過動兒,但學業成績極佳,有志學術硏究。物理、數學極其優良,艱難的課程難不了他,平常的嗜好是閲讀科學雜誌,隨手就抽出一本交到我手上,衷心感謝物理系教過他的所有教授。他是個少見的香港青年,因為今天像他這樣學業優異的大學生,居然有意從事抽象理論的科研,算是大異數。

添欣與育基成績出色,但並不來自生活寛裕的家庭,在與我的個別交談中,笑口常開,自始至終沒有提到經濟支援的要求。他們感謝大學、感謝社會。經我一再追問「大學有何可以提供幫助?」他們分別笑答道:「有機會當出國交換學生嗎?」以他們的學業成績,如此基本要求,城大哪有困難不提供交換生的機會給他們?

添欣與育基與社會上有些錙銖必較的大人物真不一樣。家訪他們,令人愉快。我相信日後添欣會是個受人尊敬的社會工作者,育基將在物理學界散發光彩!祝福她和他。


Home visits

I have been visiting students' homes every year over my last nine years at CityU. The families I have visited are usually not affluent. This evening I visited two families that left me with a deep impression.

Tim-yan, who has some physical disabilities, studies applied sociology. She is an outgoing person, optimistic, willing to help others and performing well academically. Volunteering is part of her daily life, having worked as a DJ at RTHK while still in secondary school and an intern at LegCo last summer. She aspires to apply for Master of Social Work upon graduation. She uses an old-style wheelchair for getting around the MTR, getting in and out of lifts and crossing the streets without any complaints in all kinds of weather. She is never late and never leaves class or gatherings earlier than others. Tim-yan says she doesn't want an office job for a career and that salary is not a priority for her. Instead, she just wants to serve society and help people in need.

Kay, who studies physics, experienced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child, but since then he has achieved excellent academic scores and aspires for further academic studies. He excels in physics and mathematics, unfazed by any challenge no matter how difficult. His major interest is reading science journals, and he picked one from a stack of publications and put it in my hand as we spoke. He said he was grateful to all his physics professors for what they had taught him. He is in fact a rare young person for Hong Kong, an oddball, so to speak, who is interested in the more abstract theories of science.

Both Tim-yan and Kay have performed well in their studies, and neither comes from an affluent family. They were both all smiles when they talked to me individually, never bringing up any request for financial support. They thanked the University and society as a whole. When pressed with the question, "How can CityU provide support for them?" they both smiled and asked "Do we have the opportunity to go on an exchange tour?"

CityU would not have any problem providing them with an exchange opportunity given their academic scores and their motivation.

Both Tim-yan and Kay are entirely different from certain big shots that fight over trifles. It was a pleasure visiting their families. I have no doubt that Tim-yan will become a well-respected social worker one day; and Kay will shine in the physics sector. My blessings to her and him.

 

9 October, 2017

 

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