In series II, AASO will share the insightful experiences of four veteran academic advisers while supporting students during the COVID 19 Pandemic in 2020-22. Ideas are offered on how to build a trustful relationship with advisees and empower them to face life’s adversities as a partner in their academic journey.

Dr. Jetty Lee (HKU) – Listen and Understand with Empathy

Dr. Vincent Tam (HKU) – Balance of Life under the Pandemic

Professor Amy Chow (HKU) – Co-creating Hopes during Uncertainties and Adversities

Professor Pak Wo Leung (HKUST) – Celebrating Failure to promote Positive Thinking

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Professor Pak Wo Leung (HKUST): Our Student Advising Experience Before, During, and After the Pandemic

While many first year students seemed to have got used to the format of online learning, Professor Pak Wo Leung (Associate Dean of Science (Undergraduate Studies & Student Affairs) and Director of Office of Academic Advising and Support (School of Science), HKUST) observed an increase in student issues and undesirable habits that were formed during the prolonged learning in isolation since high school. These include higher incidence of academic and mental stress, difficulties to develop time management, communication and socializing skills, weak sense of belonging, higher inertness and reluctance to engage in person.

To rebuild students’ confidence, Professor Leung’s Office of Academic Advising and Support (School of Science) plans to undertake the following initiatives:

  1. Repackage the Year One induction activities into a full-year course with emphasis on habits, mindsets, wellness, self-awareness, personal and interpersonal development and community meetings to build bonding between students and faculty members.
  2. Encourage students to plan their U life proactively through offering a course “Design Your Life” developed by Stanford Design Lab.
  3. Launch “The International Day for Failure” (October 13) to encourage talking and sharing about one’s failure experiences.

Professor Leung believes that failures are common to everyone and can be positive when viewed from a growth perspective. Failures can foster stronger students who are better prepared to attain more success.