Letters from the dorm: What I did on my summer break

Letters from the dorm: What I did on my summer break


Candace guided visitors around Hong Kong.
Photo: Candace Kwan

In less than a month, I'll be starting my senior - that is, final - year.

It seems weird that this will be one of the last Letters from the Dorm I'll ever write for Young Post.

I don't think I will go to graduate school right after getting my BA, so the coming year will be my last year of living in a dorm (at least for a while). I'm not going to miss living there, but I will miss sharing all of my college adventures with you.

Everyone's been asking me what I'm going to do after graduation, and truth be told, I have no idea. But I do know what I'm going to be focusing on in my senior year.

Apart from the (VERY scary) job search I will need to do, I plan on spending a lot of time with friends and generally enjoying college life a little more. But I also plan to finish strong. I don't want to jinx anything, but things have been going so well that I should be able to graduate one quarter early.

Having finished some of the most difficult courses (although I still have to do my honours thesis), I took this summer off to relax. I'm happy I was able to do some freelance work, so I had more freedom and time to spend with friends and family.

That said, I did have one very time-consuming job: once again, I was the coordinator for a University of Washington Study Tour.

Eighteen students and two faculty members came to Hong Kong for a week, and my boyfriend Anakin and I showed them around the city.

Actually, showing them around was the easy part. Organising the tour? Not so much.

Anakin and I did most of the planning for the Hong Kong and Macau portion of the trip. We booked almost all the tickets, made arrangements for restaurants, planned the activities, wrote packing instructions … the list goes on and on. Let's just say many emails were sent.

I'd definitely recommend going on a study tour, or helping organise one. All the hard work was worth it, and it's very satisfying to learn that the group had a great time in Hong Kong.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
My last undergrad summer


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