The Stories Behind the Pinboards in Student Bedrooms

Text:Senior UM Reporter Sally Liang, Trainee UM Reporters Adelina Lam, Kasper Chen & Hailey Zhang │  Photo:Senior UM Reporter Sally Liang, Trainee UM Reporters Adelina Lam, Kasper Chen & Hailey Zhang, with some provided by the interviewees │  IISSUE 93 November MyUM

In the residential colleges of the University of Macau, there is a pinboard located in every student’s room. Students decorate some boards with great creativity, with items marking their fond memories or the things they adore.

Nancy Lam’s pinboard

Snapshots of Daily Life

Nancy Lam, a third-year student of Chinese education and a member of the Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College, pinned several pictures of herself and her classmates on the board, in addition to some travel photos and a dreamcatcher handicraft. A passionate traveller, Lam has on the pinboard a photo she took during her trip to North Korea, which never fails to bring back memories of that exciting journey. Another exhibit on the board is the volunteer badge she wore while working for the 34th China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest. ‘That experience was significant,’ she says. ‘I found that I was not as introverted as I had thought, so I kept the badge and hung it on the board, to remind myself not be afraid to step out of my comfort zone.’

Lynn Yue’s pinboard

Poetry and Painting

Lynn Yue, a first-year student of the Department of Communication and a member of the Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College, displays on the board two paintings she made, a mini umbrella decoration, and a storage bag. She also has a hand-written copy of one of Li Bai’s poems, titled ‘Autumn Wind Tune’. She says: ‘Most of Li Bai’s poems reflect the poet’s carefree and devil-may-care temperament, but this one shows his tender and affectionate side.’

Pang Hio Peng’s pinboard

Pictures of Pop Stars

Pang Hio Peng, a first-year student of the Department of Electromechanical Engineering and a member of Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam College, says that her board is covered with photos of her favourite pop stars. Whenever she feels tired from study, she would look at these photos to recharge her batteries. But Pang is not one of those people who mindlessly worship pop stars to the neglect of other aspects of life. According to Pang, listening to these pop stars’ English songs has actually helped her improve her English.

Scarlett Fong’s pinboard

Stylish Accessories

Scarlett Fong, a third-year student of international and public affairs and a member of Cheong Kun Lun College, displays on her pinboard pictures of her life in the college on different occasions, including the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Halloween holiday. ‘The college is like our home, where we meet many friends and organise and join activities together,’ she says. As a fan of Lolita costumes and ancient Chinese clothing, Fong also has some hair accessories, earrings and necklaces on her board.