Time for a little update! What's new? Besides preparing for tests, first-years are busy thinking about topics for their Extended Essay an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper, which is required to pass the IB. It aims to provide practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at tertiary level an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject. Deciding on a topic is quite tough! The second year students have mock exams this week, meaning that the canteen is empty and campus is very quiet. And: It’s cold in Hong Kong right now. I know that coming from Germany and having spent Christmas in snow, I should not be complaining about cold weather, especially not when I am in Hong Kong, a subtropical city. But, it is cold and I am sitting in my room wearing three pullovers, a jacket and a hat (no central heating here) The temperature has plummeted to 7.5 degrees Celsius and even though it is not below zero, I can assure you that it feels just as cold, if not colder than winter back home.
According to the Hong Kong Observatory the temperature is the coldest recorded so far this winter and the lowest recorded in February since 1996. Usually in February, Hong Kong has between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius. What is even more astonishing is that in Sochi, the temperature reached 16 degrees Celsius. Who would have thought that it would be colder here than in the city hosting the Winter Olympics? Unfortunately the rapid decline of temperature has caused casualties. In Hong Kong, nine people were reported to have frozen to death on Monday and eight yesterday. So to those of you who are somewhere cold, reach out to your community please help those who are in need of shelter or food in this cold season.