One thing that strikes me is the sheer kindness and friendliness of the locals in Hong Kong. Whilst sat on the bus home, an elderly woman tripped over a passenger’s foot as she had just got on to the bus. The poor lady flew and landed flat on the floor of the bus. This stopped everyone in his or her tracks. Everyone went silent. A couple of teenage boys ran to pick her up. Sadly, the woman had fallen onto the metal handles of her shopping trolley so she was injured. But the point that I seek to make is this: the level of concern that every single person on the floor of that very bus showed was bewildering and truly heart-warming. The driver stopped driving and did not return to the driver’s seat until around 15 minutes after the woman was back on her feet and able to get to one of the nearby seats. It did not matter to anyone that the bus had been delayed for what felt like an age, the woman’s interests were what came first.
Admittedly, not one word of English was spoken but I understood everything nonetheless, and it was a beautiful moment.
Upon talking to locals, whether through group projects or in-class simulations, I find them absolutely delightful. The difference in work ethic is also astonishing. Whilst I think it is fair to say that I am not lazy, the way the locals work is on another level in comparison to UK students. As to why this is the case, I am unsure. You have to remember that I (very fortunately) study at The University of Hong Kong, which is championed as one of the best, if not THE best in the whole of Asia. Any person that studies here should consider himself or herself incredibly fortunate! Thus, it is not surprised that when I am in the library until 11pm, I find myself surrounded by locals as virtually all of the International students have gone home.
Being in the business of law, there will most likely be more ‘no’s’ than ‘yes’. I’ve very luckily been someone who’s used to receiving the ‘yes’, up until this last year where I have received a couple of ‘no’s’ and I can say that it is not a nice feeling. Especially when you believe that you both should and would hear that very short and very simple word, ‘yes’. It is that very same word that has the ability to change things for you. However, all too often you will not get what you want.
You may believe in fate, a higher power or nothing for instance but either way, life happens and this means that you will face rejection in this career. The only thing we can do is to try our best and prepare for the possibility of rejection.
The reason I bring this topic up is this: I had an interview at a Barrister’s Chambers last week. Despite it falling on one of my most stressful days here in Hong Kong, I turned up to the interview all ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed.’ I walked into the dreaded room with a huge smile on my face and left with that smile. I was made to sit in a room with three Barristers at the Chambers (one of which had coincidentally studied at the University of Leicester) all facing me as I was asked questions. Whilst everyone was in formal suits – myself included – the mood was light and the interview was fairly informal. Jokes were made; laughs were had yet I opened my emails the next day to see that I had not been accepted.
Whilst this enables me to travel, the feeling was one of disappointment. Yet I find myself feeling grateful for being able to have had the experience to be interviewed in Hong Kong. Despite it not coming to fruition, I enjoyed my interview. Yes, I even bought a couple of blazers specifically for it so that’s always a plus. But the question that I have to ask myself is this: what I have learnt from this? Well, you cannot anticipate how things work out. You have to keep trying despite getting knockbacks. My plan of action, to apply for more opportunities and to improve my interviewing skills until I get the ‘yes’ when I feel that I deserve to have gotten it.
Further, it has got me thinking ‘WHY Hong Kong?’ I think I have a whole list of reasons why…
On a positive note, Hong Kong has now been named the World’s 7th safest city! Hurrah!
Goodbye for now