As the first UST student to attend the University of Michigan, Lam Chi-yung has bitter-sweet memories of the experience. 'The chaos upon my arrival, like problems in getting a place in the dormitories and delays in course registration, gave me a crop of difficulties. But, viewing it from another perspective, the experience trained me to be a more independent and mature person,' the 22-year-old postgraduate student of computer science said. His exchange was completed in June but he still recalls the atmosphere of the university in Ann Arbor. 'Michigan's students are very active in learning and possess brilliant tactical minds. They get straight down to digging out the answers when they come across problems,' he said. Mr Lam enjoyed his one- year exposure to American culture. 'Without living with them, I could hardly understand the typical American's lifestyle, tradition and habits,' he said. Being the first UST student to further his studies in the United States before the handover, he was bombarded with questions on the subject. 'Most of the Americans have a misunderstanding over the SAR, including its political and economic situation,' he said. The return of Mr Lam may have added spice to the trip of Jeff Lam Kwok-yeung, a second-year accounting student who will study at the University of Sydney next year. Mr Lam, 20, who will act as an ambassador for the SAR, said he believed the handover issue would be the most interesting topic for the foreign students. 'It will be a good occasion for me to clear up misunderstandings about the handover and tell them the truth,' Mr Lam said.