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Out of My Comfort Zone in Hong Kong

Victoria Harbor
Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was out of my comfort zone because I didn’t know much about it. Then I asked myself, when would I ever be able to experience 5 months in Asia? Probably never. So after a lot of research, I decided to go and experience something totally different.

Shannon Lol '16

In the spring of 2015, Shannon Lol and Cindy Mijangos took a leap and decided to study abroad with the CLU Program to Hong Kong. Shannon, an Accounting major, and Cindy, double-majoring in Business & Political Science, were excited about the range of course options available at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) that would keep them on track for graduation. They were also eager to experience a new environment that would help push them outside of their comfort zone.

When Cindy and Shannon started planning their semester abroad, they were first considering programs in Europe, but their plans changed after talking with friends and learning about the many program options available to them as Cal Lutheran students.

BU Color Run
Group shot after the HKBU Color Run

Since “Hong Kong is a place where East meets West,” Cindy said she realized a semester at HKBU could be the perfect mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. She also had the opportunity to add to her Women’s Studies minor and expand her horizons in a course entitled “Language and Gender.” Her classmates and professor collectively shared views from countries such as Japan, France, China, and Hong Kong, which made for interesting discussions and a more global view of the topic.

Their study abroad experience allowed them to meet people from around the globe and pushed them to try new things, including the food! At the end of their semester in Hong Kong, Cindy and Shannon had made life-long friends, gained new perspectives in their studies, and ultimately became more independent – it was the experience of a lifetime.

Learn more about the CLU Program to Hong Kong and many other locations

View from Lion Peak
The view of Hong Kong after hiking Lion Rock

My favorite moments are when friends and I hiked several high points in Hong Kong. We were able to experience the beautiful nature that Hong Kong has to offer and see the amazing skyline. Hong Kong certainly has a great city life, but the nature it has to offer is also spectacular.

Cindy Mijangos '16
Master Chef HKBU
Showing off their cooking skills at HKBU's Master Chef program
Mong Kok at night
Exploring the local night market in Mong Kok