Info day at HKDI/LWL is almost like a carnival. More so than probably any other campus, we are able to display a truly fascinating range of projects, products, activities and research. As in years past, the public came in great numbers as we opened our doors. For hour after hour on Friday and Saturday, our campus was buzzing with activity, as tourists, locals, alumni and others were welcomed by our wonderful students. For their part, the students entertained and taught visitors about their respective programs, and made their teachers and themselves proud.
On Saturday, we took some time to get to know some of those students. Below you can listen to conversations from students representing several departments. They talk about the challenges they’ve encountered and the goals they’ve accomplished so far. They also share their dreams for the future.
First, we speak to Ronald Suen. Although he is still studying, he is already preparing for his life after graduation. Not only does he make and play music himself (he describes himself as a “Metalhead”), but he also works with filmakers and musicians from here in Hong Kong and from the United States, as well as having recently helped establish the production companies, Virgarious and StuDuo.
Next we spoke to Paul and Vincent, two students who have been studying Landscape Architecture, which falls under the umbrella of the PID department. They explain how they came to love this field, and their hope for designing a greener, more natural Hong Kong. Both are on track to continue their studies after graduation, possibly via the SHAPE top-up degree program.
Next, we headed to the eighth floor to catch up with some fashion students. Aries, who is studying Makeup and Hairstyling, and Ada and Peach, who are Styling and Photography students, told us about their experiences so far at HKDI/LWL. They all cited the amount of collaboration, with both teachers and other students, as one of the most valuable aspects of their education here. As it happens, students from these two streams will work together on their final year project, with each contributing in their area of expertise to make a fully realized creation.
On the seventh floor, we met Kiyan, a first-year Fashion Branding and Buying student, who already has big dreams of becoming a fashion magazine editor. She told us honestly about her inital struggles with the change from secondary school to HKDI/LWL, especially with regards to deadlines. However, it was clear in speaking to her that Kiyan is an incredibly bright and ambitious student. There’s little doubt that she will find success in the future, as long as she keeps winning her fights with deadlines!
Our final stop was on the fifth floor, where we met up with three students manning the Publication Design and Print Media display. South, Michael and Howard all came to this field of study for different reasons, and all plan to pursue different careers afterwards. This fact is testament to the collaborative and dynamic nature of studying here. They are all able to use their various talents to work together.
As well, representatives from the Language Center met with students from all departments. Together they had a lively discussion about their life on campus and their plans for the future.
As usual, Info Day proved to be an exciting and thought-provoking affair. Teachers and students proudly explained the fruits of their hard work to the public and to each other. We were happy to be able to document it in part. There was simply too much to fit into a single radio program. We therefore urge any students or teachers who we didn’t get to speak to to get in touch and let us help you share your passion in a future episode.
Listen to the full program below. Thanks to all students and staff who were involved! Until next year!
Ronald Suen (CDM)
Chan Lok Wing (Paul) & Ho Fan Ho (Vincent) (PID)
Wu Kam Wing (Aries), Ada Yip & Peach Wan (FID)
Ng Ki Yan (Kiyan) (FID)
Ko Man Wun (South), Ho Sheung Fai (Howard) & Lam Yu Hong (Michael) (PID)