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Saturday 17-Sep-2016
【信報:升學專家有話兒】洋仔堆與港仔堆

老友林作在他的專欄討論留學時埋中國人堆有沒有好處,他引述陶傑的言論,指時下許多人留學,只為可以認識一個薄瓜瓜,方便將來走天下。陶傑擔心留學生群在一起「圍威喂」,花了錢出國卻猶如足不出油尖旺,言下之意當然是升學多結交外國朋友才算值回票價。林作本人則認為留學時結交自己人無甚不好,真的想避免,選擇學校時注意海外生比例,以及不要害羞,「Get stuck in」。

 

埋鬼仔堆還是自己人堆好,我倒有自己一套想法。或者因為我到英國時年紀比較細吧,初到埗時我經歷過完全stuck in 鬼仔同學的圈子裏,到後來高中時,因為學校來了不少港生,我又群起自己人來。經歷過兩個階段,我覺得各擅勝場。年少時與英國同學作伴,當然是吸收英國文化日月精華的最佳方法。我當時混在他們當中,跟著吃炸魚薯條、約克布甸,騎馬打板球、追電視劇,確實做到了融入他們的文化中,只不過洋同學的文化始終比較貪玩,彼時我跟著他們日玩夜玩之下,成績表不是C便是D。

 

後來上到高中,我結交到許多香港來的學生,有不少來自香港傳統名校,但即使不是,港生普遍的讀書風氣還是比較濃,平日有溫書操卷的習慣,備考的狀態非常充足,於是在他們的帶動下,我也沾染了他們念書的幹勁,發憤起來。我A-Level後來全得的A與A*,在我身邊製造讀書氛圍的香港同學功不可沒。

 

各有各好

所以呢,埋洋同學堆或是埋自己人堆,可以說各有各好,視乎閣下所需。如果學生留學目的旨在體驗大英風土文化,學業成績又不太迫切要提升的,例如一些初中甚至Prep School已經去英國的較年幼學生,我的建議當然如林作所言,不要害羞,盡量嘗試打進洋同學的圈子,體驗他們的生活。不過如果赴英的是即將面臨大學的「大仔」,我便認為他們與香港同學為伍,可能更有好處。到底考大學的大前提下,應該以學習和成績為主導,文化交流活動可以暫時延遲擱置。

 

至於怎樣揀多洋同學或多自己人(港生或亞洲生)的學校,我都有些心得,下星期與大家分享。

 

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原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:
http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1392886

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