Newsletter No. 407

12 No. 407, 19.11.2012 马悦君 心理学三年级 你以优异成绩入读中大,随后屡获奖项,旺盛的学习动力是从何而 来的? 从小到大,读书都是我的兴趣之一。读书学到许多东西,过程中还有其 他得着,例如结识到朋友。坦白说,我是伤残人士,跑步等活动量高的 运动,我做不到,读书好像是唯一我比较能胜任的事。即使身体伤残, 也可以有发挥的地方。我庆幸自己能上学,上学是生活意义的一部分, 虽然写字慢些,听书比较伤神,有时很疲累,但既然有机会,好应该珍 惜,这是驱动我继续的力量。当然,成绩好会比较开心,考得差不会开 心嘛!我会尽力,但如果体力应付不了,我不会迫自己。 听说你一直钟情于中大,那是个怎样的故事? 在中大很自由,我喜欢这里的环境。联招报考大学,我填的第一、第二、 第三,以及较后次序的志愿,都是中大学科,这样等于把进入其他大学 的门户关上,正常来说,不会有学生这样填报的。但我真的很想升读中 大。2008年中五会考之后参加中大暑期课程,接触生物科技和社会科 学学科,感觉既充实又开心。升大学后与中学的师长和同学聚会,他们 都觉得我一如以往般开朗愉快,而且还多了一份自信。我说上学一整 天,其实挺疲累的。他们说即使累,也看得出我是欢天喜地的累。 心理学有何吸引你? 心理学令我最感兴趣的范畴是伤残人士在人生各阶段会遭遇哪些心理 关口,以及如何面对。我希望集中研究肢体伤残,例如我患的肌肉萎缩 症,患者到底可以怎样面对不断变差的身体状况?世界上有许多学者研 究相关课题,但当中伤残人士或许不多,在这方面我至少有第一身的经 验,好像作为一名普通的伤残人士在人生各阶段如青少年或成年的转 变。我希望多作这方面的研究,藉此消减社会上的一些歧视。 你怎样看从获中大录取开始有关你的报道? 有些报道把我描述得很特别,我不介意提到我是伤残人士,我甚至想 让人知道。但其实我也只是个普通学生。许多人问我,读书辛苦吗?我 会说:「早上八时半的课,每位同学都觉得困倦吧。」这是真的嘛。我 会因为坐太久而腰部觉得辛苦,这也是真的。我想带出的信息是,我很 乐意跟人分享自己的经历,也很想其他人明白,我不是有什么特别的地 方,我和其他人是一样的。 可以说说你在课外钻研的范畴吗? 我一直对生物科技有浓厚兴趣,闲时也爱读建筑学的书,因为我另一 个研究兴趣是无障碍通道设计。我也热爱写作,课余为美国一个肌肉 萎缩症协会编写网志。有同学问我,你对其他科目那么投入,那心理学 的位置呢?我觉得有何不可?升大学的其中一项得着,是让我有许多渠 道接触不同的专家、学科和资料,从中得到不同的启发。如果可以,我 还希望参加海外交流计划,甚至上庄,多些参与校园活动。 中大依山而建,校园设施能否切合你和其他轮椅人士的需要? 我住在宿舍,平日会乘搭大学的复康巴士,司机很细心周到。我也试过 自己开电动轮椅上山下山,中大校园设计比较细心,行人路每隔一段便 设有斜道,非常方便。至于课室、图书馆和宿舍设施,大致上还可以。 Photos of Ma Yuet-kwan Gloria in this issue are by Keith Hiro 中文大学社会科学院院长荣誉录2010 – 11 CUHK Faculty of Social Science Dean’s List 2010–11 美亚香港奖学金2010 – 11 Chartis Hong Kong Scholarships 2010–11 尤德爵士纪念基金残疾学生奖学金2010 – 11, 2011 – 12 Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships for Disabled Students 2010–11, 2011–12 I · CARE博群计划最优秀研究奖2012 I·CARE Programme’s Best Research Award 2012 马悦君网志 Gloria Ma’s blog: transitions.mda.org/profile/gloria-ma Ma Yuet-kwan Gloria , Psychology, Year 3 You were admitted to CUHK with outstanding A-Level results, and received several academic awards in a couple of years. How do you keep up your passion for learning? When I was little, I was already very interested in studying. It brought me knowledge, and I made many friends during the course of learning. To be honest, I couldn’t take part in rigorous sport, like running, which requires a high level of mobility. To concentrate on studying seemed the most suitable task for me. Although I have a disability, there are things I can still do. I’m grateful that I can continue my studies at a university; it gives meaning to my life. It doesn’t matter if I write slowly, and sometimes I can’t concentrate in class because of feeling tired. What matters most is that I’ve got this opportunity. I need to cherish my years as an undergraduate student, and this is what gets me going. Of course, I feel happy if I get good results. Nobody would think the contrary. I’ll try to do my best academically. But when I feel exhausted, I won’t push myself too hard. CUHK appealed to you even a long time ago. Can you tell us about that? I love its liberal atmosphere and its environment. From my first to my last priorities on the JUPAS application form, I had listed only CUHK programmes. Normally, no student would do that because it means doors to the other universities will be closed to you. But it was my dream to become a CUHK student. In 2008, after I sat for the HKCEE examinations, I joined the CUHK Summer Institute and took biotechnology and social science modules. It was a delightful experience. On one occasion when I met my secondary school teachers and classmates after entering CUHK, they told me they could sense that I was as joyous as before, but there was something more—confidence. I told them I had just had a busy day and was feeling tired, but they said that they could tell from the expression on my face that I was really enjoying my life here. Why do you find psychology fascinating? In psychology, there is a stream focusing on the transition of people with disabilities during their different life stages, and how one can cope with them. My research interest is on people who are physically disabled, e.g., patients like me suffering from muscular dystrophy, etc. My health condition will degenerate progressively, so how do I cope with it? I know many scholars worldwide are studying this topic; I wonder how many of them are handicapped. I have at least first-hand experience to count on. Besides, I need to face other challenges when growing up, to transit from an ordinary adolescent to a more mature adult. I hope I can devote more time to research in this area and eradicate discriminations that physically disabled people encounter. How do you feel about the press coverage about you being admitted to CUHK? In some media reports, they tend to describe me as an extraordinary person. In fact, I am just an ordinary student. It’s my wish to share my experience with more people. Many people ask, ‘Do you feel tired in class?’ I’ll say, ‘When the class is scheduled for 8:30 am, everyone feels sleepy, not only me.’ That’s true. My back aches when I sit for too long. That’s also true. In my sharing, I want to bring out one message—I don’t mind disclosing details about my disability, and I hope others understand that I am really nothing special. I am just like anyone else. What are your other interests? I like books on biotechnology very much. I also like architecture because I always want to know more about barrier-free access design. In my leisure, I write blog posts for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s website in the US. Some of my friends are curious and ask why I have so many diverse interests, and query the place of psychology to me. I think that’s OK. One of the merits of coming to university is you are able to meet people with different expertise and explore various disciplines and be inspired. If possible, I also want to join exchange programmes and participate in student committees. CUHK was built on a hilly terrain. Do you find its facilities for people with disabilities adequate for the wheelchair bound? I live in a student hostel and I ride on the rehabus to classes. The driver is very attentive and friendly. Sometimes, I’ll go uphill or downhill in my power wheelchair. The CUHK campus is carefully designed and there are ramps between short distances so that we can get on and off the pavement easily. The facilities of classrooms, libraries and hostels are fairly good.

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