I currently study at the University of British Columbia and plan to graduate in 2019. I am majoring in economics under the Faculty of Arts, fueled by my interest and curiosity of how and why society is the way it is. I am also studying under the UBC Bachelor + Master of Management Dual Degree Programme to add practicality to my skillset, allowing me to apply the theories I have learnt in economics.
Over the summer I had the opportunity to work with Harbour Times, a Hong Kong based publication and forum organiser. As a journalist I undertook research, wrote articles, went to events and conducted interviews regarding Hong Kong’s political, policy and diplomatic scenes. Additionally, I assisted with the organisation of Harbour Times forums where government and stakeholders of a particular industry come together to address local and current issues under Chatham House Rule, to encourage free, effective and civil discussion.
The experience I have gained has exposed me to the realities of politics, economics and business, further expanding my interest for these areas. I am eager to continue my academic journey at UBC, particularly in my major and masters programmes, where I now have a greater sense of direction. Additionally, I have been taking environmental and science-based elective courses to broaden my perspective and discover my passions so I can work towards a future career that I desire, in relation to economics.
Despite being born and raised in Hong Kong, this opportunity has enlightened me to aspects of the city I otherwise would have been oblivious to, particularly in industries such as construction, finance and insurance, as well as the political and diplomatic scenes. I also experienced the Hong Kong work-life, with busy and long commutes and relatively long working hours. Though what I love about working in Hong Kong is the fast pace of activities, the interconnectivity of business, government and the public, and the sheer magnitude of economic activity in such a small area. I do prefer the crisp Vancouver climate, if I must say, yet Hong Kong’s natural beauties in the countryside are phenomenal.
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