Study or work
1. Do you work or are you a student?
I’m a student at Tsinghua University in Beijing/I’m a student, and I’m a freshman in Tsinghua University/I’m a student, a high school student.
2. What subject are you studying?
I'm studying for a Master's degree in Tsinghua University, specializing in the field of Math Studies.
3. Why did you choose that subject?
I chose math because I liked it in high school. I was always strong in math and science, so it seemed like a natural progression. Also, I did some research on career opportunities, and it seemed to be a subject with a promising future.
4. What would you like to do in the future?
I would love to be a teacher. Most of the women in my family are teachers, they have a huge impact on my life. I think it is wonderful to get to change people’s lives by what I say or do on the stage. It requires a person to be responsible and caring, and I want to be such a person.
5. What are the most popular subjects in China?
It’s hard to say nowadays. You know, due to the globalization, our country is much more developed than ever. Every subject has something to offer to the society. Students just choose their subjects based on what they are interested in, which then, in turn, can become a trend.
6. Do you think it’s important to choose a subject you like?
Definitely! I think interest is the best motivator, if I choose something I’m keen on, I will be willing to sacrifice my leisure time because it is a worthwhile sacrifice to me. In addition, when I face some difficulties, I will do my best to overcome the problems. Quitting in the middle will never be an option. We should consider carefully our choice from the start, rather than carelessly choosing the wrong path, then regretting it.
7. Are you looking forward to working?
I have been wanting to work full time, that’s for sure. I can now imagine myself waking up early in the morning, getting my business attire on and sitting behind my office desk. I wonder how it feels to work with other professionals and with the boss always around… It could be stressful but interesting, I guess. The best part I would say would be to finally receive a salary and spend my own money. I would not have to bother my parents then. But, like most things in life, it really depends on what the job is and whether the environment is positive or not.
8. Do you like your subject? (Why? / Why not?)
Honestly, I don’t. I am halfway through my college career. But reality struck me when the material we learned in class was much more difficult and the assignments weren’t fun. I’m thinking about changing my own major now.
9. Do you prefer to study in the mornings or in the afternoons?
I am not a morning person, I’m afraid. But to be honest, studying in the afternoon is even worse. I get really sleepy from one to four in the afternoon. So, actually, my brain is at its best in the evening. It works better then. I can stay sharp even until very late at night.
10. Is your subject interesting to you?
Absolutely. I find computer science really stimulating. Imagine creating something useful just using codes and numbers. It requires a good level of imagination and quite a good level of number skills, critical thinking and logic skills as well as a keen ability to solve problems.
1. What work do you do?
I am a teacher at a high school. I started there in Jan 2015 after graduating from college. I would say it is a pretty challenging job.
2. Why did you choose to do that type of job?
Teaching is my passion. I don’t view my career as a “job” per say. I see it more as my calling in life. It is my life’s purpose.
3. Do you like your job?
Definitely! I enjoy the variety and special projects where I can take ownership of the final product. My job provides me with both, so yes, it is a good job and I find it very rewarding.
I’m not interested in my job… because it is so mundane and repetitive, two traits I despise and try to stay away from. I hope to find a better job that challenges me to aspire to new heights.
4. Do you miss being a student?
I definitely do! Sometimes I just wonder what would have happened if I had studied harder when I was in university. I just miss the days when I had nothing to worry about but the exams. Now, all the pressure from work and family is difficult to deal with.
5. Is it very interesting?
Most of the time, yes! The daily challenges from new projects provide constant opportunities to learn new things and to some extent re-invent myself. Every day is unique. My colleagues provide me with support but also healthy competition. I find my job most interesting when I am challenged to reach outside of my comfort zone.
1.Has your hometown changed much these years?
Absolutely! Take traffic as an example, the most common transport facility used to be buses, it could be really crowded sometimes since people didn’t have any other options. However, today, BRT and subway systems have made people’s lives easier than ever.
2. Is that a big city or a small place?
This city is so huge. I often get lost here. Like the other day, I travelled to a new neighborhood that had this restaurant people were raving about. I made a wrong turn and it took me 20 minutes to figure out where I was.
3. How long have you been living here?
For about half my life, so that is about 10 years. I went to school here, and now I’m working in the same city. In fact, time has gone by really quickly because so there’s so much to do here and I’ve been so active.
4. For you, what benefits are there living in a big city?
Well, first of all, there are a great number of opportunities for both education and job-hunting in big cities, which explains why people from small cities, towns and villages are flooding to big cities nowadays. Plus, the fact that cities offer more modern facilities and conveniences makes them even more attractive to people.
5. Is there anything you dislike about it?
Unfortunately, this city has a huge problem with pollution, especially air pollution. The air is so contaminated that we all have to wear masks every time we go out of the house. This problem has escalated to a serious level that it’s been catching the attention of the international community. I hope that the government will be able to save this city before the problem gets worse.
6. What do you like most about your hometown?
What I love the most about it is the mystery. I mean there are so many places inside this city that I have yet to explore. I could spend years checking out every restaurant and attraction Beijing has to offer.
7. Where in your country do you live?
I live in Beijing. However, since the city is so big, it would take hours to even scratch the surface, but to sum it up, Beijing is the political and cultural heart, and one of the major economic centers of the world today.
1. Are the transport facilities in your city very good?
Honestly, I wish they were better. I have to walk 20 minutes to the bus stop, and the subway takes another 30 minutes when I get to work. My dream home is a house located right next to a bus stop or subway terminal.
2. Which room does your family spend most of the time in?
My family loves to stay in the living room as this is the only place in the flat where we can do a lot of things together. We play board games, watch films and TV programs. We play cards sometimes and we spend time working on huge puzzles together.
3. Do you live in a house or a flat?
I live in a flat, and my flat is situated in a quiet little neighborhood on the north side of city. My parents first moved there in 2000 when they wanted to start a new life and raise a family.