I’d like to start by giving you a short snippet of the memories I made and lessons I learned. As an aspiring Finance major within the McCombs School of Business, Hong Kong (HK) had always been an appealing city to work or study in. It’s regarded as the financial capital of Asia, if not the world, and I knew that experiencing the fast-paced, economically driven city would give me a taste of what my future career held. So when I began exploring study abroad destinations, it’s not surprising that Hong Kong was at the top of my list. After two months abroad, I can confidently say that HK did not disappoint.
The city was all that it was hyped up to be and more. From the buzzing Ladies’ market whose stalls stayed open into the wee hours of the night to the beautiful morning hike to Ma Dai that revealed HK’s calmer side, I was amazed. HK was the perfect blend of East meets West, urban fused with rural, and work mixed with play. However, though the city itself had much to offer, it was ultimately the people I met and befriended that made this summer one to remember. By participating in an exchange program, I was able to meet and interact with students from the UK, Italy, France, Syria, Spain, Africa, Korea, and countless other countries. As a result, I did not just experience the culture of Hong Kong, but also the traditions and nuances of so many individuals whose origins reach far and wide. Now, I have friends in numerous countries that I can contact when I visit their homes. Ultimately, in my mind, that is the most invaluable part of studying abroad – the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends from the all over the world.
I encourage each and every one of you reading this blog to really consider studying abroad for at least a summer (if not a semester). My summer exchange in Hong Kong honestly gave me the best and most rewarding two months of my life and I would love for everyone to take the opportunity to experience that for themselves. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about studying abroad. I would be more than happy to chat!
Here are some last few photos of Hong Kong 🙂