Stony Brook University
I had an enjoyable semester at Stony Brook University. Located in Long Island, the eastern part of New York, Stony Brook is a peaceful place, in stark contrast to Hong Kong. I loved exploring New York. There was always something interesting to get involved with, from joining a boat-building contest at the university to riding a 50-year-old (but very exciting) roller coaster at Coney Island.
Stony Brook is a great place to study quantitative finance because of its affiliation with one of the best quantitative hedge funds, Renaissance Technologies. From close up, I got a better picture of how modern finance (or quantitative finance) develops. A study exchange is definitely worthwhile, to embrace a new culture, get rid of the stress and tension of Hong Kong life and to broaden your network with people from around the globe.