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“Be prepared. Be highly proactive. Then you will be able to seize every opportunity when it arises.”

NG Chin Ching
School of Arts and Social Sciences · Psychology · Year 3

Ng Chin Ching’s love for psychology started when she was small. Her mother liked buying psychology books, and Ng found herself reading them with great enjoyment. It came as no surprise when she chose to major in psychology in university, which had her mother’s wholehearted support.

But she is by no means a bookworm hiding in her shelf. She engages in voluntary service in her free time and is also a member of the University’s Chinese Debating Team. Training for debate is hard work. Debaters meet to practise once every week but the routine could get much more intense before competitions. “Thanks to my teammates and our coach’s support, I gradually found the confidence to speak up, and have my horizons broadened over time.”

Her university life was not all plain sailing at the beginning. “I could not cope with the transition from high school to university, and I kept falling behind.” But she proactively looked for a way out. She asked teachers for advice and turned to the School for counselling. Since then, the idea of becoming a counselling psychologist has taken root in her mind. She is planning to go the extra mile to study for a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and pursue a career in that direction.

On the other hand, she wishes to promote the advantages of traditional Chinese medicine-based psychotherapy. The idea may sound novel but it has been around for years in mainland China. “In traditional Chinese medicine, herbs and acupuncture are used to restore bodily and emotional balance, which includes regulating the endocrine system. In other words, it eases the negative emotions to make one feel healthier, which is exactly what we are doing with modern psychology.”