PolyU: A chapter in my life that I will forever be grateful for - Patricia JOVER
Throughout the course of my university years, the recurring question of “What do you study?” would always come up when meeting new people, to which I would automatically reply, “English”. “English? But you already speak English!” is the response I would usually get.
Thanks to the English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) programme under the Faculty of Humanities, I learned that studying English is not simply knowing how to speak the language, but is so much more – from linguistics, to media, to writing, and to communicating effectively. The BAESP programme provided me with opportunities to expose myself to a variety of contexts, which ultimately allowed me to realise the career path that I am currently embarking on.
Throughout my first two years under the programme, I thought I wanted to go down the education path – teaching English to early childhood. I had a part-time job teaching English to young children here in Hong Kong, alongside my studies at PolyU. In the summer of my second year, I was fortunate enough to have been sent to a public school in Lismore, Australia for my Work-Integrated Experience (WIE). I was a teaching assistant for a kindergarten class, where I was really able to see the difference between the Hong Kong and Australian educational setting. One of the greatest lessons I learned from my teaching experience was that as an educator, flexibility and open-mindedness are very important traits to have. My WIE experience was definitely a highlight during my degree as it enabled me to gain practical, first-hand experience, in addition to my academic studies.
By third year, I was exposed to an even wider range of subjects under the programme. I decided to try something else out and go the media route. I took courses such as ‘Language and Images in Advertising’, ‘Creative Writing in New Media’ and ‘Content Design for Social Media’, which enabled me to develop professional communication and writing skills. I interned for a local English community magazine in the summer of my third year, where I was able to publish two editorial articles and write for the events section. Upon the completion of my degree, I was offered a full-time job at a local, English magazine and I now currently work as a Digital and Editorial Assistant.
My PolyU experience – particularly under the Faculty of Humanities has really contributed to where I am today. The staff, particularly those in the English Department, have always been helpful – whether it be related to classes, seeking advice for your Final Year Project or doubts on your future career path.
It’s bittersweet to think that my four years at PolyU has come to an end, but the University, Faculty, Department, staff and students will always be part of a chapter in my life that I will forever be grateful for.
BA (Hons) in in English Studies for the Professions