Miss Judy SHAO
• BSc student (major in Biochemistry)
• Participant of Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)
• Participant of Oxford Pembroke Junior Year Abroad (JYA) Programme in 2018 –2019
• Participant of Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) in 2017 and 2018
"Oxford is a place of challenge, exploration, and search of future. My year living in this picturesque city with a strong British culture has been most enjoyable and rewarding."
“For me, spending my third year in Oxford has been an invaluable experience. I decided to join the programme due to the vast difference in science teaching between HKU and Oxford; whereas the former provides freedom for self-study and involves little writing, the latter focuses on individual attention on extensive essay-writing practices. This difference had presented challenges as expected, and I was overwhelmed by the efforts required to produce a good essay piece. Yet, it felt worthwhile when I received high praise from my Oxford tutor for my first-ever biochemistry essay; getting recognition from such a prestigious institution was truly encouraging, rewarding, and most unforgettable.
This experience was an exploring process. Living in Oxford beside the River Thames (and, exciting enough, across the road from the famous hall in Harry Potter) had given me a chance to savour the unique British beauty; living among Oxford students, spending Christmas and matriculation with them opened my eyes to British culture. Most importantly, I got an opportunity to contrast academic styles and explore what was more suitable for me. Interestingly, I found myself to work better when I organised my own time; I believe this serves as invaluable reference for my choices for future postgraduate studies, and thus I am truly grateful for my experience this year.”