Hard work pays off for associate degree student

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 June, 2007, 12:00am

Former science student, Pecky Ng Pui-wa is switching to the arts after being accepted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to do a linguistics degree.

She developed an interest in languages while completing a bilingual studies programme at the university's HKU Space Community College, through which she developed an interest in languages.

For the past two years she has studied hard to get the results required for a second-year degree place.

Apart from HKU, she was offered a place at another local university.

'I am very happy. The offers have given me great relief,' said the student who obtained three Ds in her A-Levels two years ago.

She used to have limited confidence, judging herself in the light of the other Form Seven graduates who had much better A-level results. But two years on, her self-esteem has improved.

She was selected by the college as a student ambassador and given leadership training, and she came to believe in her ability to earn a degree.

'I will not give up easily,' she said. 'Before, my self-image was not high as I did not do that well in the A-level exams. But I have found that if I work step by step and have good time management, I can get a lot done.

'I have developed time management and interpersonal skills. We worked with other classmates a lot on group projects.

'I have also learned the importance of co-operating with others, making compromises and creating a harmonious relationship with others.'

The wider choice of subjects at the college had broadened her horizon, she added.

'It was a different environment from Form Six or Form Seven, where students are confined to taking certain subjects.'

Perhaps more importantly, the less structured learning environment at tertiary level has helped her become an autonomous learner.

'We were expected to try to solve problems ourselves first before getting help from others,' she said.