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When you hear about an internship abroad, are you eager to strive for a life-changing experience, or do you fear change?
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The 12 finalists for the Student of the Year – Best Devotion to School Award gathered for a group photo with their judges. They were smiling politely and shifting meekly around according to the photographer’s directions.
It was an honour to serve an internship with Indigo Global Limited – a Hong Kong-based employee benefit consultancy – where I could explore the real business world.
Students at Methodist College in Yau Ma Tei were treated to some outstanding guest speakers at the Student of the Year Awards (SOTY) school talks.
A lack of encouragement, falling in with the wrong crowd, having a disability ... many hardships that young people face can seem insurmountable, but this year’s STOY finalists prove they can overcome.
Picking up a second language is not easy. Lots of students do it by taking as many after-school tutorials as possible, but Gwyneth Goh Kai Xin learned Putonghua the hard way.
On a crisp Saturday morning, a group of students headed to the Jockey Club Ah Kung Wan Outward Bound Training Centre in Sai Kung.
As her name was called, she patted her hair, pulled at her uniform and walked in to face the judges.
It was a day to celebrate creativity, as the Student of the Year (SOTY) – Visual Artists candidates displayed their original works of art for the judges.
All the world’s a stage and there are plenty of players – which is why it takes something truly special to stand out from the crowd.
The awards this year place a lot of emphasis on the candidates’ future plans. This echoes the “Future in our hands” theme which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.