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