My friends’ jealousy knows no bounds when I tell them that I live rent-free in a room at Shun Hing College that is definitely bigger than the ones they rent for exorbitant prices. It is a pretty sweet deal even if it comes with certain responsibilities of being a resident tutor. [Click on the pictures to enlarge them.]
Last year, in one of our forums, a student looked at the tutors and declared, “you serve us!” I thought that the wording was slightly harsh, but the sentiment itself was not far from the truth. I enjoy all the perks of being a tutor because it is my responsibility to take care of the students. That is why I am surprised that most students don’t seem to know that much about the tutorial team. I asked a few of our students to name all the ten tutors, and most of them couldn’t.
Tutors are meant to take care of different floors, initiate and supervise activities, as well as care for your general well-being. Think of us as your default college buddies (we are obviously too young to be your parental figures). We host monthly meetings to go over what we have been doing and what we can do better. Our discussions range from friendly banter to endless brainstorming to full-fledged disagreements (sometimes we even shout!). Occasionally there are too many ideas and not enough implementation (Professor Chan likes to call it: “talk, talk, talk”), and sometimes there is too much implementation – as evident by a month jam-packed with proposed activities (I like to call it: “where is my social life?”).
Students don’t have an obligation to interact with the tutors; you can simply meet us in your floor meetings and wave at us during the high tables, but you will truly be missing out! You can talk to us about anything and everything, and in doing so, you might find that we are actually not too shabby a group of people. Clarissa knows calligraphy, Oliver is an incredible photographer, George runs marathons, Horatius is a wine connoisseur (thank him or blame him for the HTD wines), Yan is a certified yoga instructor, Dorothy speaks Thai (she also has some really intriguing ghost-cat stories), Carlos plays the drums (he also knows all the High School Musical songs; ask him to sing!), Rustam break dances and DJs, and I have a mini library of my own in my room (drop by anytime to check it out or borrow any book), Ricardo is a theatre enthusiast and Waliyah is an artist (follow her on instagram: artbywali)
Recently, students told us about a problem that they had been facing for a long time. We were all baffled by why it took so long for the issue to come up. It is also not just college matters; sometimes I am scared that two doors away, someone is struggling and I simply have no idea. Here is a suggestion: talk to us! Knock on our doors, drop us a Whatsapp/Facebook/Wechat message. You can even knock on Professor Chan’s door, and she will welcome you with open arms (probably with food and dessert as well!). Tell us your struggles, triumphs, breakups, and makeups. We are not lying when we say that no problem is too small or too big. We can change, improve (the no alcohol and guests after 11 pm rule is not going anywhere – calm down), and we can always, always do better.