At a place as big as the Chinese University of Hong Kong, it can be very difficult to make friends and meet new people. As an ABS Cohort 8 student, our cohort was lucky enough to be invited on a two-days-and-one-night Orientation Camp on 29-30 March 2018 in Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp. The interactive and experiential activities throughout the camp were fun, exciting and challenging. It also enabled us to develop teamwork, leadership and communications through a number of workshops and team building trainings.
To help our cohort in getting to know each other, we participated in a team building training called Giant Ladder. It was similar to rock climbing but instead we were climbing wooden rods of different lengths. The goal was to reach the top and ring the bell. Although this was a demanding task, all of us managed to walk out of our comfort zone, built up our self-confident and learnt to work well with our partner.
After being physically exhausted, a case analysis workshop was scheduled to test our minds. During the two hours, we acted as business consultants solving complex problems for different companies. We learnt how being detail-oriented is a must when faced with a case and managing our time efficiently so that the task can be done on time.
The second day kicked off with an interactive workshop about how to work and communicate with people. Through role-play, we had a deeper understanding of effective communication. This session greatly enhanced and improved our skills of interacting with others.
The camp concluded with another team building activity which was a 64-square grid game. We had to remember a path instructed by the coach and every member had to walk the route once. At first, we encountered difficulty in memorizing the route and coming up with ways to complete the mission. Hence, we were not able to finish the path within time limit. Fortunately, through trial and error, cooperation between our members, we managed to get the job done.
The two team building training not only helped our cohort in further getting to know each other but it enabled us to establish trust both as an individual and with each other. We, as a team learnt how to make informed group decisions based on the difficult circumstances and solve any problems that may come our way.
The time we spent together flies like an arrow. We are grateful to have this opportunity to get to know each other. This is just the beginning and we look forward to embarking on a fruitful ABS journey ahead of us together in the coming three years.
By Jason Wu, Kelly Hui (Cohort 8, Class of 2021)