With all my deadlines listed, it is well and truly time to crack on with the work. This got me thinking about where I like to work, but I often find myself switching study locations depending on how I feel.
Living in Hong Kong has proven how much I love English Tea. Don’t get me wrong; I adore tea in its entirety. Thus, it has been great to be able to partake in the tea culture and try all sorts of Chinese herbal teas. So far I have been able to introduce English breakfast and Earl Gray Tea to a few Chinese and Hong Kong locals.
However, there is one type of tea that I loathe: Hong Kong ‘Milk Tea.’ Whilst deceptively resembling English tea and indicating so with its title, milk tea tastes nothing like the former, whatsoever.
Hong Kong Milk Tea is comprised of black tea and either evaporated or condensed milk, leaving an overwhelmingly bitter taste. Following the British practice of afternoon tea, Milk tea originates from British colonial rule in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, whereas English tea bears a subtle blend of flavours, milk tea is thick and rich in flavour. This is perhaps due to the condensed milk, used in place of ordinary milk and sugar. As soon as I arrived, my Hong Kong local friend beamed, “you must try Hong Kong tea, it is so much better that English tea.” I am afraid I have to confidently disagree. What is even more interesting is that all English exchange students seem to be of the same opinion.
Relating this back to the topic of study locations, I find that if I am in desperate need of tea you can find me studying in my kitchen.
Your studying environment is crucial, especially at the earlier stages. My time in University has taught me that the earlier you concentrate and begin your work, the easier it becomes to maintain this level of work commitment.
Studying in one place can become repetitive and hinder your performance, as you are more likely to find ways to distract yourself. This is why I like to switch it up. Sometimes I study in the basement study room, sometimes on campus and even then I will choose between working outside and the Learning Commons, the Law Library or the Main Library. It really is important to enjoy your study time, as this will ensure that you are able to fully engage with the materials. Studying becomes a breeze! You worry less and feel less guilty when you take breaks or do something unrelated to work.
On a side note, I cannot believe that I only have two more months here! Where has the time gone?