As the new students settle with campus life in Han Chiang College, Han Chiang News’ student journalists went out and spoke to them about their college experience and hopes for the future.
Both Tan Kar Yin and Jasmine Yong are from the same school in Ipoh but they only really got to know each other when they started their course at Han Chiang College. The girls got to know each other better during orientation and have become good friends ever since. The 18-year-olds choose to pursue their studies in communications as the College’s communications school is reputable for producing award-winning students.
Jasmine: “Studying in college is very different from going to school. The teachers are stricter while college life is more relaxed as the lecturers do not try to control everything we do.”
Kar Yin: “I took my dad’s advice to come here. There is a lot of freedom to explore new experiences and I have learned a lot of things during my short time here. I hope I can make new friends, do well in my studies and just have a great time in college.”
18-year-old Goay Hui Kei chose to study at Han Chiang College because of its affordable fees compared to other local colleges. She was unsure about studying at the College at first, but became convinced after she toured the campus.
Hui Kee: “I live in Butterworth. Travelling back and forth would have taken up too much time so I decided to stay at Han Chiang College’s hostel. I always hang out together with Jasmine and Kar Yin as they too live in the hostel. The College’s seniors are very friendly. On the first day, the student ambassadors took us around the campus and they were very patient at answering questions. I hope to make more friends and have joined societies like skating, dancing and the campus radio Teen Frequency.”
Hailing from Langkawi, 20-year-old Khor Yia Fuang is a culinary arts graduate after having completed her certificate at a vocational college. She decided to study Chinese Studies at Han Chiang College.
Yia Fung: “The difference between culinary arts and Chinese Studies is that the former is more practical while Chinese Studies is more theoretical and requires a lot of reading. But that is not a problem as reading is my hobby. This is the first time I have left home and although I did not feel belonged at Han Chiang College initially, I am lucky to have met some new friends from both my school and other schools. The lecturers are really friendly and I always feel satisfied after the classes. I hope I will learn and discover more about myself in the next 2 ½ years.”
Ooi En Qi, 18, is studying Diploma in Business Management. She loves college life because she has more time for herself as schedules are a lot more flexible.
En Qi: “The lecturers here are helpful and are often patient in guiding us through problems. I also take part in various activities in College such as badminton and skating. The hostel is a nice place to live especially for those who need to travel far or across the bridge. It can be quite dangerous driving far. I hope that I will do well in college and graduate on time.