Puzzled and dazzled by the overwhelming university and programme choices, I struggled to find one that attracted me most after graduating from high school. Fortunately, Social Science Broad-based programme at CUHK has allowed me to explore different Social Science disciplines before deciding my path. I feel thankful for the professors and senior students who shared their experiences generously during orientation camp, tea gatherings and academic counselling sessions.
The Faculty is keen on introducing extra-curricular exposures to support students’ all-round development. I was invited to be the master of ceremony at the Faculty’s Appreciation Achievement Award Celebration. Although I was not experienced in public speaking, I was greatly supported to sharpen my communication and facilitation skills. The Faculty has also been very helpful in guiding me along the application process for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship. I feel very thankful for their assistance because the prestigious scholarship has provided me with a platform to interact with other talented and socially-minded scholars. Overall, my freshman year has been a great adventure that taught me to be curious and courageous.
After finishing my first year as a Social Science Board-based student, I was particularly interested in the multi-disciplinary subject of Urban Studies as it is a subject adopted social science methodology in exploring the urban realm with the backup knowledge from Architecture, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography and any other subjects that could be related. I felt very grateful in studying at the Urban Studies Programme of the Faculty of Social Science, CUHK, not only because learning process has equipped me the essential ability of critical thinking and active learning, which encouraged me to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge with a full scholarship; but also because the excellent supports, amazing opportunities and incredible resources that I had access to during my study journey. I would encourage you to consider Urban Studies at the Faculty of Social Science if you ever want to explore the knowledge and extend your potential.
The social science broad-based program gave me the opportunity to explore different areas of the faculty. Unlike others, this program offers one more time to wisely choose the major and make sure that it corresponds to one's expectations.
Although I knew that I wanted to major in psychology, I believe that taking courses in communication, economics as well as urban studies in my first year helped broaden my knowledge. I got to understand how all these fields are interconnected and complementary. This made me realise that there are many social variables that I need to take into account in any psychological analysis or study.
Social Science adopts a more humanistic approach towards the society on how we debunk concurrent events happening in the society. I chose the Social Science broad-based admission because I wanted to explore and try out different disciplines. The programme allowed me to understand the foundation and functions of a society from different perspectives. In Year 2, I declared Journalism and Communication as my major because I was fascinated by the mission of journalists which is to uncover social issues and problems. I have joined Dancing Society in CUHK, and participated in events such as joint-U mass dance, annual performance and so on. Last year, I became a committee member in the Dancing Society, also called “Sheung Jong (上庄)”. People in CUHK are friendly and caring. I can pursue my academic study as well as my hobby in CUHK. I felt very blessed to be studying here.