I am Rachel Yu from the Class of 2021. I’m currently studying for a Higher Diploma of Baking and Pastry Art at the International Culinary Institute (ICI) in Hong Kong. The biggest challenge to me the transition from high school to ICI is adapting to the new environment and meeting new teachers or friends. However, I really like the kitchen lessons where I could learn how to make and bake all kinds of cakes, cookies, and pastry with people who have the same interest in pursuing this as their future career, and that is the greatest experience in my first year of Higher Education studies. The biggest difficulty that I have encountered so far in my first year of study is the different learning timetable and having nine different modules in one semester. It is a very packed schedule that it could be very difficult to handle. However, I do quite enjoy my studies at ICI since I’m studying what I am passionate about.
One small tip that I would like to give on HE planning is to really find what you enjoy doing. It is important to study subject that you are interested in and it prepares for your future career, because you’ll persist to strive forward no matter how difficult the journey is. Lastly, the most important thing is to follow your dreams and that university is not really the end, it’s the beginning of a new chapter.