From Canada to Hong Kong
Hi! I’m Stephanie :)
I’m from Canada but I’ve been brought up in Hong Kong with my sister since we were young. Having grown up here, I’ve often felt a subtlety about Chinese culture which I admire - their empathy in caring for people whom they hold dear.
Life in Hong Kong is quite vibrant yet solitary at the same time. The events and festivals around here are diverse. Many design and cultural events have come up in recent years, along with IT and Fintech hackathons and entrepreneurial mentorship programs. Compared with bustling districts like Central or Mong Kok, my home near University is close to the hills and the sea. My neighborhood gets quiet most of the time. It is nice though - I do cherish peaceful times near nature on my own and with my family and friends.
Life at HKU has been stressful yet memorable. Apart from working on publication and design projects at Humble Mission and volunteering at Southeast Asians Supportive, Assimilating and Merging Education during my junior years, I am really grateful to be able to help out uni events as an HKU Student Ambassador, such as interviewing the University’s Faculty of Science Associate Dean for a promotional video about the University’s Young Scientist Scheme and assisting with the 2017 Harvard Model Congress Asia.
Currently I’m working as a part-time Public Relations intern at FleishmanHillard, a global public relations and marketing agency founded and based in St. Louis, Missouri. Although taking on internships amidst studying has been stressful, I am grateful that the experiences allowed me to hone my design, marketing, and communication skills which I’ve developed through my past internships in Hong Kong at Blue Sky Energy Technology, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative, and Penana Limited, as well as my past experiences in Australia and New Zealand at Enkel Education Lab, St Catherine’s College at the University of Western Australia, and the University of Auckland.
My day-to-day internship tasks at FleishmanHillard include conducting news monitoring using the Bloomberg terminal and other information portals for technology and financial services clients such as AT&T, ICBC International, and Bank of New York Mellon. Other tasks include conducting technology and financial press checks and market intelligence monitoring for company managers and staff, as well as doing media article translation for clients such as AT&T.
The University of Hong Kong has allowed me to develop a wide range of skills through internship opportunities and exchange programs both locally and worldwide. The most memorable experience I had during my 1-year Study Abroad program in Australia was participating in the 2017 NASA Space Apps Challenge, where my teammates and I came up with a prototype design for assisting solar-powered households in planning energy consumption based on solar energy output. Our team was awarded as the Co-winner of the NASA Space Apps Challenge in Perth, Australia and a Global Nominee of the challenge.
Though my undergraduate degree is coming to an end, I am forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences which my University has offered me. It has truly been a memorable journey which I will never forget :)