Category: Lap-Chee News

RAASHow: Surviving UG

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

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.

Readmission Forum 2021

TEXT: LEI Yao
IMAGES: LEI Yao

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.

Virtual College Dinner : 15th March 2021

TEXT: DING Ai Wei IMAGES: LCA 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. 

College Virtual Backgrounds Available!

Are you looking for a virtual background for our college events online? Hoping to find some matching backdrops with your college friends? Or too busy tidying up your room before online meetings? If these ever ring a bell, fret not — Media Team has got you covered!

We have designed two versions of virtual backgrounds for college events. You can pick the one you like that suit you the best! Click the images below and save them on your devices. You will be able to use the backgrounds after uploading them to your virtual communication software! Try it!

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Background One

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Background Two

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“Words of Kindness Project”: Connecting the Community During the Pandemic

On January 16, Crystal and Charis, as our Rotaract Club representatives, delivered 70 hand-written letters and supermarket coupons to the Hing Tin Wendell Memorial Church Alison Lam Elderly Center.

Lap-Chee Goes Green Newsletter 20/21 Sem 1 Issue

Lap-Chee Goes Green is back with a new issue of the newsletter!

In this issue you will find three articles:

    1. Post-pandemic waste | by Jacky Wong 
      Waste problems that arise in the midst of a pandemic.

    2. Sustainable initiatives by Lap-Chee College | by Marzan & Zhou Ting
      Lap-Chee College continuously strives to stay green and stay connected.

    3. Research investigation on post-pandemic food delivery | by Jiwon Chung
      JCSV3 residents’ eating habits in Sem 1, and their thoughts on waste management.

Media Team is Recruiting!

Welcome back to a new semester! We’re setting up a new Media Team this year!
COME JOIN US if you like taking photosvideo-makingwritinggraphic designingmanaging social media or anything media-related
We’re looking for media enthusiasts of all kinds!! 🔥

Mahjong Fun Class at LCC!

Do you recall the scene in the movie Crazy Rich Asians where Rachel and her mother-in-law play a kind of tile game in a parlour? The game they are playing is called “Mahjong”.