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ISF: from the beginning (2/2)

We met for the O-camp at HKU. I was in blue group. After ice-breaking, we did an HKO (Hong Kong Orientation). There were many tasks, located in different areas over Hong Kong. The finish point, i.e. the camp site, was in Tai O. We first went through HKU, and headed for West Point for lunch. There were many arguments on the strategy during the game, the most significant one was about whether to catch a minibus at West Point, or get up the hill back to The Belcher’s to catch a bus for extra points, to cross the harbour. Luckily, we settled for it during lunch. We finally ran up the hill, caught the bus and got the extra points. After crossing the harbour, we changed to the MTR for Tuen Mun. On the train, we decided to get off the train at Tin Shui Wai and do some tasks there, before entering Tuen Mun.

With the help of Jenny (our group mum) and me, our group ran through Tuen Mun to do tasks. We got off at Siu Hong, did the tasks, then I brought the group to LU. That was only a short run, about 5 minutes, and I “churred” the group (made the group exhausted) through the way. We went to town centre afterwards, and did a long run (about 15 minutes) to Sun Tuen Mun Centre (Light Rail Depot). It was very demanding. Finally, we went to Tai O by ferry. At that moment, I just treated that as a game and aimed at getting the most points.

After dinner, we played a detective game. We had to gather information and find out who was the murderer. There were many ciphers that we had to get the meaning. Near the end of the game, we were masked and had to find all the group members without making any noise from the mouth. It was very magical that we actually formed the correct groups, with no “spies” in them. I still hadn’t heard of ISF yet at that moment, but when I thought of it later, ISF might have played some of the magic in it.

On the second day, we played mass games after breakfast and beach games after lunch. They were just ordinary games. We had a campfire party after dinner, but I thought that it was not good when compared to campfire parties I joined in the past in scout camps.

After the campfire party, there was a tradition called “candle night”, but due to limitation of the venue, the candles couldn’t be lit. The concept of ISF was introduced. Everyone expressed the feeling on ISF and I was so impressed that tears came out of my eye when I heard the story of a student from mainland. Some were decided to get into BBA(IS) very early; some just got in incidentally, without knowing what they wanted to study; some made a hard decision between this and other programmes; and some put this in band B and got in sadly and surprisingly, failing all their band A choices. I was surprised when I knew that no other programmes had such a family, with strong bonding between classmates. I felt really warm and harmonic.

We left the camp on the third day, but sadly I couldn’t went for lunch with our groupmates together due to the place being inconvenient to me. The bootstrapping process, from JUPAS to now, is itself a magic. Although I still don’t know whether business suit me or not, I feel good being a member in ISF. I hope that the feeling of warmth and harmony will be alongside with me in the following four years.


ISF: from the beginning (1/2)

When I thought which programme I should study in university when I was in F.6, CUHK CS was at the first priority for a long time. My mind that I wanted to study computer was very clear in my head and I believed that my grades must enable me to get in CUHK CS. I even spent time on the college tours instead of academics on the open day of CUHK, clearly knowing that I wanted to get in.

As there were 25 slots in JUPAS, I must make up some programmes to fill in the remaining slots other than the Computer Science programmes in the top 3 universities. I read the catalogue, paying particular attention to the engineering section, and picked up lots of engineering programmes, like Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and so on, completely ignoring things other than science and engineering.

Afterwards, before actually filling in the JUPAS form, I read and compared the syllabi in different universities and discovered that there were double-degree BEng/BBA options in both HKU Engineering and CUHK Computer Science. Although the options were irrelevant at the time of admission, they reminded me that I can try different things in university! I started considering the possibility of doing a double-degree instead of one degree only. (Although I had already noticed the dual-degree BEng/BBA programme in HKUST, the requirement of getting C in both languages refrained me from considering it seriously.)

When I read the catalogue again, I skimmed other parts of it, and discovered an interesting title: Bachelor of Business Administration (Information Systems). I had a great interest in the discipline of Information Systems, but after reading the syllabus, I initially feared that business might not suit me because I knew nothing about it. I thought of other plans, but none were better than the BBA(IS) programme in HKU in my opinion. Finally, with “jumping out of my comfort zone to try new things” in my mind, I put BBA(IS) at A1 in my priority list. With satisfactory grades and excellent performance in the interview, I finally got into the programme at A1. At that time, I hadn’t heard of the student life of BBA(IS) students yet and didn’t know the concept of ISF. The only ISA event I joined before was the interview talk.

On the registration day, I followed the instructions, went though the central registry, SU, then the faculty, BEA, BA, and finally ISA. The BEA booth seemed very strange to me, because it worked like a bank, calling numbers to the counters! However, things were completely different in ISA. I felt very comfortable when going through ISA, and the committee members were very friendly.

The only O-camp I joined was by ISA. The purpose was to meet and know more about my classmates. I didn’t want to join many O-camps, so I didn’t join the O-camps by BEA and BA because I didn’t think that they were useful as the people were from many curricula. Furthermore, the fact that there were two O-camps from both BEA and BA respectively, one for the old curriculum (3-year) and one for the new curriculum (4-year), seemed to me that there was a barrier between the old and the new curricula. However, students from both curricula joined the same ISA O-camp so that I could get to know all the freshmen, without any barriers between the curricula.