My first month in Hong Kong has flown past me at faster than the speed of light. I have new daily routines and new friends that have made the adjustment period of studying in a foreign country go very smoothly. The mood among the exchange students has found an equilibrium; the initial excitement of being in Asia has subsided and everyone seems to have calmed down some and settled back into school and studying mode.
It stills seems odd to me that Hong Kong has become “home”. Even though it’s just for a semester I can’t imagine being anywhere else at the moment. I have met so many great people from all around the world, learned about dozens of cultures, and have picked up on some new phrases thanks to my friends from the UK.
Much to my surprise it has been easy to readjust to living in a residence hall in a tiny double room with a roommate. The residence halls at HKBU have 20 floors and thankfully an elevator. I live on the fourth floor of South Tower, I use my student i.d. to scan into the building and clear security, then a hotel style room key to get into my room. My roommate, who is also an exchange student originally from Estonia, and I share a bathroom with the room next to us; we rarely see our bathroom-mates, which makes sharing facilities very easy.
One thing that has taken some getting used to has been the weekly and sometimes bi-weekly hall events that typically start between 11:00pm-12:00am. It can be hard to study when the rest of the floor residents are running up and down the halls practicing for a dance competition. Nonetheless I take each and every moment as just a part of the studying abroad experience and enjoy it, laugh about it, and move forward.
Cheers From Hong Kong,