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Prophecy Fulfilling

As I look back on the essays I wrote before leaving, postulating what I would get out of an experience studying abroad in Hong Kong, I find that most every prediction came true. I began my study of Chinese to explore a strong budding interest in Asian language and culture. Check. I brought my violin

我看不懂汉字(I see, but don’t understand Chinese characters.)

When I first landed in Hong Kong, only of the most striking features of the new city-scape was, naturally, that Chinese characters were everywhere. Initially knowing next-to-nothing, I have grown to find the city to be like an elaborate puzzle or mystery: the more characters I come to learn and recognize, the more meaning I

Elevator and escalator etiquette

If you want to stand on an escalator, be sure to stand on the right. If you wish to walk up or down the escalator, do so quickly on the left. As for elevators, if you are standing by the door, press the door open button until all nearby passengers may enter the elevator. As

10 things you must have done if you celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival

1. You heard that there once were 10 suns This begins the legend of why Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated. The legend goes (as told by a fellow HKUST student) that 9 of the 10 suns were shot down by a super-strong archer. For his feats, the archer was given two pills that could make him

International FOMO

In these days before I depart for Hong Kong, abandoning the familiar saddens me a bit. Travelling inherently holds this trap: leaving a home, family and friends behind, knowing there will be a senior-year NU football season that I won’t see, and missing the slow but steady transition from sunny days to the blistering but

Exploring Hong Kong and Southern China, in and outside of the classroom

My favorite class here has been “Exploring Chinese Culture through Fieldwork.” It is a cultural anthropology class focused on Southern China and Hong Kong. The lectures have been very interesting, and have taught me a lot about the role of lineage organizations in local self-governance and advocacy, and as an important support structure for attaining

Duality

Samantha Trippy, HKUST Exchange, Fall 2014 East Meets West As Hong Kong was a British colony from the 1800s until just before the turn of the 20th century, it truly is a place where East meets West. The exciting and unique fusion of Chinese and British culture is ever present. You can ride the MTR

BREAKDOWN: Academics

Samantha Trippy, HKUST Exchange, Fall 2014 Sometimes, I remember that I’m not just in Asia to travel and explore new cultures. When I do remember that I’m a student, this is what I find myself thinking about HKUST academics… Midterms Despite starting school about a month earlier than my friends back in Evanston, I found

Worldwide Wildcat Pride

Samantha Trippy, HKUST Exchange, Fall 2014 After a fantastic week spent in the Philippines during a school break, I was dreading delving back into classes. With four midterms within a two week period after my return, I knew my adventures in Hong Kong would be swapped with library study sessions, at least temporarily. To my

You May Say I’m A Dreamer

Samantha Trippy, HKUST Exchange, Fall 2014 But I’m not the only one. You’re reading this blog, aren’t you? Thinking about studying abroad? Well, I’ve been thinking about studying abroad, too. A lot. Perhaps an unhealthy amount. Fantasizing about what my life will be like abroad, watching this BEAUTIFUL video tour of my campus, planning my