Author: Media Team

Lap Chee High Table Dinner

Since the COVID-19 situation, after a long-time preparation work, the Lap-Chee College managed to resume our signature event– the Lap-Chee High Table Dinner in November. In view of the social distancing, the event was divided into 2 sessions: 5th November for odd-numbered floors and 17th November for even-numbered floors. In the first session, Master Professor Yuen Man-fung, Professor Tsui Lap-chee, Dr Patrick Poon Sun-cheong and Mr Samuel Poon were invited as guests. In the second session, we invited Mr Kwan Chuk-fai to join us.

At the beginning of each High Table Dinner, all the Lap-Cheers were standing to welcome all the guests, including benefactors and our tutorial team members. Professor Lap-Chee Tsui gave an interesting speech about the origins of our college and encouraged all Lap-Cheers to balance their life and study. Master Professor Yuen Man-fung welcomed all the Lap-Cheers and wished them to enjoy their life in Lap-Chee college.

An Admission Ceremony was also simultaneously held where all newcomers were presented with green (for undergraduate) or black (for postgraduate) gowns, symbolizing that they were admitted to Lap-Chee College and formally became a Lap-Cheer. Each floor also had a precious opportunity to take photos with guests.

At the end of the event, the Lap Chee College’s music society gave us a wonderful performance. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful songs accompanied by the piano. Jenny, a new Lap-Cheer said, “this is a brilliant experience for me, the speech is good, and it also gives me a chance to chat with people from different floors and different backgrounds.”

Text: HUANG Jingjing

Photography: Lap Chee Media Team

TYPESETTING: Bai Xuedong

City Hunt for Lap-Cheers

On September 25, City Hunt was curated to help Lap-Cheers brace themselves for the new environment and college life. Meanwhile, students could mingle together, and the City Hunt event facilitated cultural exchange.

In the beginning of the event, Participants were divided into several groups and listened to the instructions attentively before going for the actual city hunt.

Participants went to different places like Kennedy Town Promenade, university Street, Happy Park and so on to get some picture clues and to finish the different tasks like taking group selfies, answering questions and playing games. If they finished the task, the checkpoint helpers would give them a Character of  “Lap-chee” as a reward.

During the event, Lap-cheers held a flag which read: LAP-CHEE COLLEGE HKU and placards pronouncing ‘We love Lap-Chee’ to show their love for the college.

Despite the competition, one of the objectives of this event was to promote peace and love between one and the other, regardless of one’s nationality, cultural background and even skin color.

TEXT:Leung Hoi Kei

IMAGES: Collected from participants

TYPESETTING: Bai Xuedong

LCC Halloween Event: Squid Game

On October 29, the Lap Chee Ambassador Team organized a Halloween event that was inspired by the popular Netflix series, “The Squid Game”. 

The Lap Chee Ambassadors were able to successfully bring in the thrilling vibe from the series. At the entrance, all the participants were greeted by the red suit guard from the series. When they entered the venue, they were assigned to complete three games which are the Ddakji Game, Marble Game, and Guess What’s in the Box Game. If they managed to complete all of the games, they were rewarded with the famous Dalgona Candy and many other snacks. Furthermore, the team also prepared a photobooth for the participants to keep their memories of the event.

The event ran out smoothly and successfully as all of the participants enjoyed and had a good time mingling with the other Lap Cheers. Janet, one of the participants, claimed that the night, especially the Guess What’s in the Box Game, was fun and memorable. Liz Kim, one of the LCA members, was also satisfied with the positive outcome of the event. 

Text: Justiani Valensis, Olivia Bianca

Images: Indrawan Valdy

Editor:Huang Jingjing

Typesetting: Steve

Lap-Chee College Welcoming Event

On September 24, a Welcoming Event was held to introduce Lap-cheers to the various college teams and let them familiarize with the new and colorful life in the Lap-Chee College.

Different clubs of the Lap-Chee College prepared fun activities and unique gifts for the participants. If the participants answered the questions correctly or finished the task, they will gain a stamp, and if they gained all the stamps of different booths, they would gain a customized Lap-Chee souvenir offered by the college. The customized souvenirs include key rings, teddy bears, laptop cases, mugs, memo pads, and A4 folders. Everyone in that evening enjoyed the games and took pictures with their friends.

Through this activity, Lap-cheers learned about the various club culture of the college, and they could choose what they were interested to join in and enjoy their time in the college.

Text: Huang Jingjing

Images: Collected from residents

Typesetting: Bai Xuedong

RAASHow: Surviving UG

As undergraduates, we may often feel lost navigating the daunting and unfamiliar university experience. Further, it’s all too common to be plagued by the stress of juggling coursework with extracurriculars whilst still planning for internships, exchange, or post-grad. To quell all these concerns, the Residence-based Academic Advising System, RAAS, hosted its last event of the semester, “RAASHow: Surviving UG” on the 25th of April.

An accomplished and lively group of speakers were invited to share their diverse undergraduate experiences and journeys in an engaging panel discussion. On the panel, we had Ahsan Syed Muhammad, a third-year Computer Science major from the Faculty of Engineering, Jessie Ho, a second-year PhD student from the School of Biomedical Sciences, Sally Oh, Lap-chee’s Resident Tutor and a recent graduate from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Shuvam Mishra, a third-year undergraduate student pursuing his degree in Computing, Data Analytics, and Wealth Management under the Faculty of Engineering and Science.

At the start, the panellists were invited to speak about their general growth throughout UG. Common themes of growth in terms of gaining confidence as well as understanding and appreciating independence and its associated responsibility were among the first ideas to be discussed. Jessie and Ahsan identified their shared experiences of understanding to be comfortable in their respective areas of interest while Shuvam brought up an interesting realisation of matching his career to the skills he has developed or is working to develop.

With finals just around the corner, the panel dived into recounting their experiences with exam pressures and demands. Shuvam and Jessie emphasised the importance of time management by explaining that they work best by conquering smaller challenges every day or every week. They also spoke about setting consistent and achievable schedules to stay on top of work. For those of us who may be too far into the semester to do that, Ahsan and Sally have us covered. They stressed the importance of trying out past papers, finishing up readings early, and handling work smarter during exam week. Despite the differences in their approaches, all of them cautioned us about being mindful of our health, both physical and mental, and advised us to take breaks, eat and sleep well and reach out as and when required. Before we moved ahead, Shuvam urged us to be careful given the new arrangements being implemented in the coming examinations and to test all devices and setup procedures well beforehand.

Moving onto lighter topics, we had questions regarding planning for and going on the exchange to the panel. Sally described her exchange as a quest for cultural reconnection with Korea. Offsetting the gain in knowledge, both academic and cultural, that is commonly associated with exchange programs, she mentioned some of the challenges faced, such as culture shock and the language barrier. She further recommended that we do extensive research on the place that we are applying and prepare suitably for the same. Weighing on the pros and cons of virtual exchange, Ahsan related his experience with an exchange, having just completed it this semester. He noted that with everything being shifted online, one may run the risk of losing the essence of “going on exchange” and only experience the coursework and not the culture. On the other hand, he spoke on being able to recognise the advantages of being able to gauge this coursework and the general academic environment of his selected university.

Shuvam and Jessie presented an alternative solution to those who cannot apply for the usual semester exchange and suggested planning for summer or winter programmes. Giving us an insight into her own experiences, Jessie encouraged all outgoing students to be perceptive of the community and the country they apply to. She further brought up the importance of adapting to and embracing the culture prevalent in the region.

Arguably the most exciting aspect of the night was the discussion on internships which brought out a long discussion range of perspectives. Having been on both sides of the recruitment process, Jessie opened the discussion on this section by breaking down the expectations from both ends in a research setting. She pointed out qualities that professors and lab personnel consider when hiring interns emphasising features like being well versed with the broad concepts that a specific laboratory deals with, curiosity, and displaying a willingness to learn and grow. From an aspiring intern’s perspective, she addressed the importance of understanding the lab’s core requirements, culture, and schedules as well as gauging the people working in the lab because factors like those affect not only the quality of one’s experience but also their learning there.

Ahsan, detailing his history with an internship, cautioned us of the frenzy that surrounds the internship and/or job playing field. He addressed the significance of developing a strong brand that stands out in the industry of interest and sustaining and updating the quality of this brand, especially given the competitive nature of the work culture. He also highlighted the importance of developing a network and recommended being bold in making use of those connections for not only job/internship opportunities but also to grow by learning from both their successes and failures. His ended with an encouragement to continue fighting and to never lose hope as well as the sight of our goals.

Shedding light onto investment banking and, generally, the finance industry, Shuvam spoke about the different areas and levels of work we could consider applying to. Further, he pointed out other essential aspects to examine, such as balancing/matching our skills with those required, language requirements at different positions, conditions of the industry, and the natural biases in play among others. For those looking to enter finance, he also suggested branching out from investment banking by targeting opportunities among the different aspects of the finance world.

One of the key takeaways from the next discussion on life immediately after graduation was to remember to apply for an extension of visa and sort through other legal procedures to continue staying in Hong Kong. Sally spoke about how it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed and worried by the prospect of graduation and even during everyday life at university. She reminded us that we shouldn’t, in such circumstances, hesitate to reach out either to the university or, personally, to her and the rest of the community here for help.

Further to what Sally said, the panel collectively emphasised the importance of trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and mindset. They reassured us not to give up but continue pushing for our dreams and make the most of this formidable yet exhilarating undergraduate journey.

TEXT: Tanvi Falodiya
IMAGE: Yan Yiing Lim, Residence Based Academic Advising System

Readmission Forum 2021

The Readmission Forum was held last week with Deputy Master Professor Kelvin Yeung and Resident Tutor Dr. John Kubi sharing and explaining the readmission details. Around 100 Lap-Cheers attended the forum, and we had in-depth discussions on the topic. Here are some crucial points summarized by the Media Team:

The readmission procedure was introduced step by step. As about 200 new applications were received for readmission this year, our college will evaluate each applicant with careful consideration. There will be two readmission rounds. Every applicant has only one application round opportunity. The detailed requirements of each round are shown on the Village Admission page (Admissions Jockey Club Student Village III (hku.hk)). For the Round I applicants, they MUST complete the internal application form before 7th April at 10:30 am and submit the CEDARS online Round I admission 2021-2022 application form from 14th April to 23rd April. Applicants are required to submit detailed statements to convince the readmission panel to consider their applications. Some students, for example, who have not physically stayed in the college for over a year, cannot access the R1 readmission application. CEDARS will contact them to submit an application for consideration during R2 readmission.

Due to the COVID-19 situation this year, the college activities, university academic classes, and related activities were affected. After consideration, the readmission panel decides to evaluate the students’ performances based on the existing merit-based readmission criteria. This includes the recommendation from the management and tutorial team, number of years resided in college, active participation in college activities, good citizenship, and readmission quota set by Governing Committee. Besides, Need-based readmission will be considered case by case. The adverse home environment and distance will be considered. There will be no face-to-face or online interview this year.

The result will be announced by CEDARS. Unsuccessful applicants may submit an appeal in the College Admission System via the HKU portal within 72 hours immediately following the announcement of the results.

TEXT: LEI Yao
IMAGES: LEI Yao

Virtual College Dinner : 15th March 2021

On the 15th March 2021, the Lap-Chee College Tutorial Team and the Lap-Chee College Ambassadors (LCA) organized the first-ever Virtual College Dinner to provide Lap-Cheers the opportunity to interact with their fellow college members since the High Table Dinners have been called off ever since the pandemic strikes. 

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