Studying sociology at CUHK has affirmed my passion for leveraging research in advocating for social change. My strong interest in public policy study stems from my internship experience at the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and the UNICEF, which I applied through the Sociology Internship Programme. At HKCSS I assisted in the research of the obstacles faced by applicants of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme. This experience helped me to critically reflect on why some social policies fail to deliver benefits to those who need and value them most. In another summer, I worked as an Advocacy Intern at the UNICEF Hong Kong. This experience has further enlightened me with knowledge in the fields of policy research and advocacy. Since then, I have developed a keen interest in policy studies, and is planning to pursue a postgraduate degree in this area.
As a sociology student, I have learnt to use critical and systematic ways to solve challenging social problems. I believe that the study of social policy cannot be isolated from the study of society in its social, economic and political aspects. Sociology training at CUHK has equipped me with essential knowledge to pursue further study in social policy. You will learn about the relationship between social development and demographic change; social stratification and the concepts of class, status, mobility, and inequality; marriage and family as institution, and to examine the changing social position of women and gender equality. The two concentrations ‘Social Research’ and ‘Sociology and Social Policy’ I declared help to summarize the hands-on qualitative and quantitative research experience gained from sociology coursework and final year thesis. As part of my career plan, I have also pursued a minor in Data Science and Policy Studies, which inspired me to harness technology and data to design public policies in an effective and responsible way.