A Leap of Faith

Pau Pui Chi, Gigi (’22 S3)

In October 2020, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take a leap of faith to pursue further education in Cardiff, England. 

Tough Decision

I initially decided to study abroad to broaden my horizons and world view as studying overseas can help develop a more informed and less biased perspective towards other people and cultures.  I thought being able to think from a multinational point of view can help me face future challenges by coming up with innovative solutions.  

My decision to leave Ying Wa, the place where I have made the most unforgettable memories, was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made.  I was stuck in a dilemma as Ying Wa has such a vibrant learning environment with so much to offer, and I have also made lifelong friends who have always been there for me along the way.  But at the same time, I would like to further develop myself and expand my world view and perspective.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, I had a lot of time to confront and navigate my thoughts which led me to ultimately decide that leaving for the UK was the best decision for my personal development and growth with the support of my parents.

My friends sending me (second from right) off at the Hong Kong Airport in August 2022
Marvelling at the exquisite exhibitions in the British Museum

Being Independent

Studying in the UK alone appeared very intimidating at first as I had never been to there.  So, I was just taking this huge leap of faith and stepping into the unknown.  However, fast forward three months, I have slowly eased into the routine of studying abroad and enjoyed every second of it.  I have made many friends and met many people from various countries, and have started to see different cultures in a different perspective and savour and appreciate the differences. 

A typical day at my boarding school consists of me having classes jam-packed from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.  Despite the massive workload and the long hours, I have learnt to appreciate the structure with regulated wake-up, sleeping and eating times.  It has allowed me to learn to exercise judgement about finding a good balance and organizing myself.  Studying in a boarding school means a more intense academic life, as more time can be devoted to learning because lessons often take place at the weekend or evenings, offering more opportunities to delve deeper into the curriculum with the academic rigors. 

My biggest challenge was definitely learning to be independent as I had always had my parents to rely on and was sheltered by the safety of my home.  In the UK, I had to navigate through challenges on my own, but I faced them head-on, learning as I went.  

My Goal

Flipping over a whole new chapter of my life is filled with uncertainty and millions of questions swarming my mind, but as time went by, I have become more comfortable and have settled in nicely.  I am ecstatic to see what the future holds for me.