Be Daring to Dream & Make the World a Better Place
What is learning at university? Is it about catching-up the lectures, enjoying hall life, and following U norms?
No way! Dare to dream and pay efforts to make it counts!
Cindy Ho-Yee Chan, The Most Outstanding PolyU Student 2018 and Outstanding Student of School of Design, shares how she designs her 4-years learning journey as a PolyU product design student. She had not only learned essentials of being a professional designer, but she had also put tremendous time and efforts to raise awareness on cultural topics through her self-initiated projects.
Ms. Cindy Chan Ho Yee
BA (Hons) in Product Design
School of Design
The Most Outstanding PolyU Student 2018
Outstanding Student, School of Design
Cindy mentions the challenges faced when working on design projects, including managing large teams and explaining complex concepts to the public. Design project management knowledge includes skills in team leadership, communication, problem-solving, and effective project execution.
Cindy discusses the initiative called "Deep Food," which aims to promote cultural advocacies, particularly rooted in Asian culture, through experimental food design. This knowledge involves understanding how design can be used to convey cultural messages and values, as well as the creative process of using food as a medium for discussion.
Lifelong Learning Excellence:
Communication and Presentation Skills
Cindy mentions that she gained communication skills while overcoming obstacles in her projects. Effective communication is crucial for collaborating with teammates, explaining concepts to the public, and managing relationships in a group setting.
Project Management and Teamwork
Cindy gained hands-on experience in design project management and execution. This involves skills like planning, organizing, and coordinating resources to achieve project goals within constraints.
Creativity & Innovation
Cindy's projects, such as Make4All and Deep Food, showcase her creativity and innovative thinking. These skills are essential for generating new ideas, designing unique solutions, and pushing boundaries in the field of design.
Critical Thinking and Problem-solving
Cindy faced various difficulties in her projects, such as interpersonal issues, finding authentic recipes, and explaining complex concepts. Overcoming these challenges required problem-solving skills, including critical thinking, resourcefulness, and adaptability.
While not explicitly mentioned, managing multiple projects and academic commitments would require effective time management skills to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain a balance between different responsibilities.
Networking and Collaboration
Cindy expresses gratitude for the mentorship and guidance she received from her teachers and mentorship programs at PolyU. Mentors play a vital role in providing advice, guidance, and support, fostering personal and professional growth.
Resourcefulness and Adaptability to New Contexts
Deep Food, one of Cindy's initiatives, aims to promote Asian values and philosophies through edible experience design. This involves cultural awareness, appreciation, and the ability to convey cultural messages effectively.
Accountability and Motivation
Despite facing challenges, Cindy remains optimistic and continues to take initiatives in starting new collaborations or projects. Self-motivation and a positive mindset are important for lifelong learning and personal development.
Professional Competence - “I think design shapes our everyday life, as well as the culture surrounding us.”
Innovative Problem-solver & Ethical Leader - “Ideas grow from a concept to reality through the support from teachers, peers, and friends.”
Lifelong Learner: “After all the difficulties, stay optimistic about taking on new challenges.”
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