香港你好！( Hello Hong Kong!)
My name is Dawn Cheung and I will be an exchange student studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Shatin, Hong Kong! I am currently a junior at the UW majoring in Communications and minoring in Chinese. During my time at CUHK, I’ll be taking two Communication courses and two Chinese (Mandarin) classes as I want to continue with fulfilling my goal of being fluent.
I am a native-born Seattleite and am first generation in my family. That means, I am an ABC (American Born Chinese)! Growing up was a weird mixture of mixing the life I knew as an Asian American with the Chinese heritage that I constantly was exposed to by my family. Growing up, there were definitely times where you can say, I was having an “identity crisis” where I couldn’t exactly define who I was or what exactly my culture was composed of.
And I guess that led to my decision to want to study abroad in the first place. From day one that I have been attending the UW, the idea of studying abroad was always a constant. I knew I wanted to study abroad my junior year of college and when the time rolled around, I went right to it! My decision to specifically study abroad in Hong Kong came when I realized that I wanted to rediscover my roots, to be immersed in the place where my family was born and immigrated from. I knew I wanted to study somewhere in Asia and I guess you can call it fate that the UW had an exchange program with CUHK!
One of the biggest deciding factors that made me solidified my decision with studying abroad came when a good friend of mine said this quote to me one day: “In College, you have the time, but no money. When you have a career, you have the money, but no time and money is always something you can gain back, but time- you can’t get that back”. Right then and there my friends was my biggest motivator. I decided to study abroad for the simple reason that I want to see this world and as much of it as I can in my lifetime. The experience of studying abroad outweighed my doubts about finances and time. I strongly believe that life is too short to be wasted not being able to see and experience this world for its diverse cultures, people, and natural beauty. There’s just so much to see and experience and I can’t wait to get started!
Currently right now, I am most nervous about…packing!! (A common fear I suppose?) 5 months is a long time to pack and prepare for and time is ticking for me as I am leaving the 26th of December!
I am beyond excited and ready to finally be in Hong Kong!
Wish me luck!