Stateside study: why heading to the US was a smart option for one student

Stateside study: why heading to the US was a smart option for one student

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Foliage in Wellesley College.
Junior Reporter
Glasgow born. Hong Kong bred. ESF. UWCer. Wellesley College Junior. Student of Economics and Computer Science. Amateur carillonneur. Optimist.

At 18, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. It was a big question - one I wasn't sure I could explore at a Hong Kong university, so I decided to go to the US. When Hong Kong degrees changed from three to four years, students were required to study courses outside their major.

I knew I wanted to be in a classroom where non-majors and majors alike were given equal "status", but I received uninspiring responses from current students when asked how they viewed the lessons outside their discipline.

So I chose to go to a liberal arts college in America to try a different kind of education system - but not because I didn't like Hong Kong's.

I have my doubts whether the extra courses are beneficial, but who knows, maybe that philosophy course a medicine graduate took will help them connect with a difficult patient one day!

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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