|Sha Tin College|
The ESF Chairman’s Awards is a celebration of the world-class performance of our graduates. The awards recognize excellence in academics and outstanding achievement in Leadership, Commitment and Contribution to Service, Embodying the Spirit and Values of the School, Sport and Creativity.
Today’s #ESFRapidFireQuestions feature Hiu Lam Man of Sha Tin College who has been awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence for scoring 43 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examinations. She is now studying Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Why did you choose to study Law?
My interest in law stems from researching criminal behaviour in IB Psychology and Philosophy. Reading cases regarding brain abnormalities led me to question how the law accommodates those with mental illnesses. Upon further research into criminal defences, I realised that a great deal of law involves deciphering and manoeuvring language. The intellectual demand of defending one’s rights through the crafting of language is also what pulled me further into this career path.
How did your ESF education set you up for success?
Having been an all-through ESF student from Kindergarten to Y13, the 15 years of ESF education have definitely guided my learning and growth process. I especially enjoyed imaginative learning back in my primary years; the freedom to explore areas of interest as well as develop critical thinking served as a stepping stone toward the more specified content in high school. ESF’s emphasis on interactive learning also increased my confidence to express my thoughts and feelings in my studies, which proved especially helpful in my current legal studies at University.
Can you share a memorable moment that happened when you were at school?
One of the highlights of my learning at Sha Tin College includes participating in Glee, an event where students of all years in the same House collaborate on a performance to celebrate the end of the school year. I've made precious friendships and bonds between students of different years along this journey of rehearsals and hard work. Hence, the moment when we won was truly unforgettable and emotional; there was nothing better than winning as a team and being recognized for our hard work.
How did it feel to win the Chairman's Award for Excellence?
Receiving such a prestigious award amidst the uncertainties of school suspension and online learning was undoubtedly unexpected, yet it is also reassuring as this award documents my hard work and dedication throughout the years.
What advice would you give to other students who would look up to someone like you?
Always take an extra step to discover what you are truly passionate about, such as through joining clubs or doing extra research. Don’t take the journey alone; reach out for help when you need it as active learning and questioning will enable you to truly understand the content. Lastly, remain optimistic and curious when building your path to your future, no decision you make currently is definitive!
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