Kristyna Bronner ’14 was recently featured in the Republican Newspaper, discussing her fall semester studying abroad at Lingnan University in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. Bronner interned with the paper last summer and was interviewed by a student writer before returning home.
“I loved everything about my experience. I met so many people from so many different countries while living in Hong Kong. There are 190 exchange students in total – most are from mainland China, South Korea and Germany. I loved talking to the other exchange students and learn more about their countries and cultures,” she said.
Founded in Springfield in 1824, the Republican Newspaper has been serving Western Massachusetts for nearly 200 years. The paper has been influential in the founding of the Republican Party, the career of Dow Jones and company founder Charles Dow, and in the invention of the pronoun “Ms.” Currently, the Republican Newspaper also maintains an online site at www.massslive.com that is the second largest news site in Massachusetts behind www.Boston.com. While an intern, Bronner wrote articles, conducted fieldwork for stories and also provided some copy-editing and layout.
A double major in international relations and writing and rhetoric, with a minor in Asian studies, Bronner was a member of the editing staff at the Herald, and is currently a writing colleague. She was recently inducted into the Laurel Society.
The full article from the Republican Newspaper follows.
The Republican Newspaper
Wilbraham resident Kristyna Bronner’s semester abroad: Life and learning in Hong Kong
Natasha Robarge • South Middle School • January 22, 2013
I recently conducted an email interview with Kristyna Bronner, of Wilbraham, a former intern at The Republican, who did her fall semester at Lingnan University in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. She is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.
Why Hong Kong?
I became interested in Chinese language and culture after working as a camp counselor at a Chinese immersion camp in high school. When I got to college, I declared an international relations major with a regional focus on East Asia. When it came time to apply for abroad programs, I knew that I wanted to go somewhere in Asia and somewhere I could practice my Chinese language. All of the programs my school offered in mainland China were language intensive and I wasn’t ready for that, so I chose Hong Kong so that I would still have some of my courses taught in English.
What is the biggest difference you have noticed between Chinese and American students?
One major one is sleeping habits. The students here stay up until 4 or 5 a.m. everyday just to hang out. And then they sleep in and go late to class!
What have you enjoyed the most about your experience?
I love everything about my experience. I’ve met so many people from so many different countries while living in Hong Kong. There are 190 exchange students total – most are from mainland China, South Korea and Germany. I love to talk to the other exchange students and learn more about their countries and cultures.
I also love how much Hong Kong has to offer. There is city night life, beaches, cultural sites, shopping, and a lot of mountains and hiking. There’s something for everyone.
What have been some of the biggest adjustments?
The academics here have been the biggest adjustment. I rarely have homework (unlike in the States) and some of my lectures aren’t mandatory. The finals are worth around 50 or 60 percent of my final grade which is way more than it usually is at home!
How has your eating changed since living in Hong Kong?
I have become much more open minded about my eating. I started eating a lot of seafood which I never really did at home. I eat a ton of sushi now also. I also eat everything with chopsticks – at first it was hard but now I’m a pro. I don’t eat much chicken or other meat here since almost all of it has bones in it (which is really hard to handle without a fork and knife).
Since Hong Kong is such an international city I have access to a lot of different foods, so I often eat Indian and Thai food, too.
The photo above, features Bronner at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.