Welcome back! I bet the start of this new semester is quite special. First, COVID-19 hit Macau back in June and July. We are fine now. Still, we have to go on ZOOM lectures for the first four weeks due to many complicated reasons! Where are you now? On campus? At home? No matter where you are, I am excited that we should be able to see each other soon. Even better is that, I hope, many face-to-face activities and those that we could not do over the past 2.5 years due to the pandemic could be resumed soon.

I am sure you have had some nice summer vacation, even if via staycation. It’s time to gather yourself mentally ready for the new semester. Incidentally, I found this following article quite insightful. It is again from McKinsey. For those who have been with HC for at least one year, you know that I always find articles and reports from McKinsey quite useful. Hope you agree. The following is about how people find technology making them busier, or spending more time at work, than before. In fact, there have been many studies about how technology meant to help us save our time has dragged us to work more. So, in the following report, even though it is for people who have occupation, I think a lot of the ideas still apply to you. Let’s be honest! Is checking your mobile the last thing you do before you go to bed, and the first thing you do after you wake up (and you are still in bed)? As HCers, have you thought you still have time in between lessons and you were always efficient, and therefore procrastinate some work that you should have started? These are similar to what the article mentioned. It is about what a new book covers. But I guess you don’t need the book to understand the point.

Here’s the web link: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-on-books/author-talks-beyond-collaboration-overload?cid=other-eml-shl-mip-mck&hlkid=0c9d3e37c7b749df82eeb696f6252579&hctky=12069925&hdpid=c9afe4a3-b0c2-476f-a5bf-60e71b6c06d0

Hope you enjoy it! Again, on behalf of all members of the College, my warmest “welcome back” to all of you!