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跟何詩蓓去美國讀心理學

何詩蓓(Siobhan  Haughey)成為首個取得東京奧運資格的香港泳手,剛經19年5月從密歇根大學 (University of Michigan - Ann Arbor) 畢業的她透露,未來一年會繼續留在美國大學訓練,並已在 UMich 取得工作機會,可邊工作邊練水。

看看何詩蓓如何選擇心理學作為她的主修課以及將來的工作,請參閱尾頁的備註1。

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何詩蓓又說,為申請美國留學的簽證,工作需跟主修科目有關,故大學主修心理學的她,現已在就讀的密歇根大學找到相關工作,不影響練水時間外,也為未來成為兒童心理學家的目標鋪路。

今年大學畢業前的何詩蓓亦透露,很期待五月初參加人生首次的畢業典禮:「我幼稚園時正值沙士(SARS),小學6年級時又發生豬流感,中學的畢業典禮我已身在美國留學,所以很期待迎接第一個畢業典禮。」

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何詩蓓將於留守美國大學訓練期間,兼於大學內的幼兒園工作,更計劃於2020年東京奧運後回港重返校園,希望考取碩土反臨床資格,為日後成為心理學家鋪路。

土生土長的 Siohban 自小也重視學業,曾在DSE考獲35分,往美國升讀大學後才對兒童心理學產生興趣。

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何詩蓓於2020年戰畢個人第二次奧運後,希望為另一夢想奮鬥:「我想成為兒童心理學家,所以一直把握機會接觸小朋友。回港前我在美國大學旗下的幼兒園工作,照顧兩至三歲的小朋友,也需做一些清潔工作。和他們相處很開心,看到小朋友在兩個月間的變化,也十分有趣。」

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在美國留學這4年間,何詩蓓稱了解到真正的訓練:「香港和美國訓練很不同,美國每個訓練會集中在一個項目,香港的相對廣泛,而美國的泳隊隊友,表現出很想練水和進步的決心,推動大家互相進步。」

何詩蓓(Siobhan)「訓練可以得過且過,泳池外教練也無法管束你;要成為頂尖泳手,靠的只有自律」,Siobhan在10多年來的紀律訓練和生活,才是堅實步往明年東京奧運的不二法門。

由3年前破天荒闖關奧運準決賽,及後兩戰世界賽決賽,到如今手握東奧100米及200米自由泳的入場券,經歷3年磨練,Siobhan不再是在里奧緊張得發僵的小師妹。這名心理學系畢業生,對自己的心理細膩通透:「大賽時我仍有少許緊張,但這是好事,心理學上緊張和興奮感是相同的,視乎你怎樣看待。」

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註1:何詩蓓如何選擇心理學作為她的主修課以及將來的工作 (2019)

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Michigan is worlds away from Hong Kong. Winters in Ann Arbor, west of Detroit where the campus is located, have such notorious temperatures the university has an article on its undergraduate admissions website titled: “Frozen hair and what to wear: A survival guide to winter at Michigan.”

Haughey said her maiden snowfall was awesome.

“Freshmen live in the dorm and I still remember one Saturday morning it started snowing for the first time and all of the freshmen who don’t live in Michigan were excited and saying, ‘It’s snowing!’ So the first week it was really fun. And I have seen snow before but I hadn’t seen that much snow.”

The winter wonderland novelty soon wore off.

“After a while I was kind of fed up with it, you know, ‘This is so cold I need to go back to Hong Kong’. Definitely all of my winter clothes now, everything is bought in Michigan because all the Hong Kong clothes cannot stand this weather.”

Haughey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology this year with the intention of taking her master’s and becoming a clinical child psychologist. She is based in Michigan and working at a part-time job in her field when not training or competing.

Haughey said a developmental psychology class helped her narrow down her idea of a career after swimming.

“I’d say I’ve had a very happy childhood and I’d say through my classes and reading about what’s happening in the world I’ve realised a lot of kids don’t get to experience the world that I did or have the childhood that I had. In becoming a child psychologist, hopefully I can help these kids in any way possible.”

This would be helpful back home, where recent studies have noted one in three young Hongkongers suffer from stress, anxiety or depression, according to a Hong Kong Playground Association survey. The city is also notorious for its relentless lack of work life balance which parents invariably pass on to their children.

“I know a lot of kids in Hong Kong are very stressed, whether it’s from school, or other kids or their peers. And hopefully becoming a child psychologist dealing with their stress will help benefit them in the future.”

Haughey said her comfortable upbringing also shaped her as a swimmer and helped her stay calm under pressure. A recent article in Swimming World Magazine detailed an 80-hour journey that saw Haughey hop on an early morning flight from Detroit to Hong Kong on April 12. She got home after 15 hours in the sky, had dinner with her family, went to bed, then got up to smash a Hong Kong record and qualify for the world championships and the Olympics in the process.

Then she got on a plane the next morning and headed back to Michigan, where she went straight to the school’s athletic banquet to receive the Big Ten Medal of Honour. During this whole time frame she was also studying and writing papers for classes.

Haughey said her resolve and solid upbringing has given her the ability to zone in and accomplish goals with a heightened sense of discipline.

資料來源: SCMP

https://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/3018619/i-would-cry-every-time-i-went-siobhan-haughey-hong-kongs-great

註2:何詩蓓或會回港升學:「因為在美國需完成博士學位才能執業,香港則只需完成碩士學位,…」

資料來源: 明報及明報網

https://news.mingpao.com/pns/%E9%AB%94%E8%82%B2/article/20190818/s00015/1566064545681/%E5%A5%B3%E9%A3%9B%E9%AD%9A%E7%9A%84%E9%90%B5%E4%BA%BA%E7%94%9F%E6%B4%BB-%E6%97%A5%E5%87%BA%E8%80%8C%E6%B8%B8%E9%80%BE%E5%8D%81%E8%BC%89-%E4%BD%95%E8%A9%A9%E8%93%93%E5%A5%A7%E9%81%8B%E6%B1%82%E7%AA%81%E7%A0%B4

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