Shen Jiali is from Dehong, Yunnan Province and was born in an autonomous region in the north of Burma because of her family composition. It was when she was in grade five that she was send to China to study. Then she finished primary school in boarding school and was admitted by the best local high school due to her excellent grades. She was admitted to the Nanjing University through their special poverty program.
The person she admires the most is her mother who is illiterate, however tries her best to give her children a stable education. Jiali never felt like she was disadvantaged because of her environment growing up. On the contrary, she always thought she was the lucky one: many of her former classmates couldn’t continue their studies because of the war in northern Myanmar. She reminds herself of this whenever she is upset about anything in life: appreciating what she has been given in life.
She is an athletic girl. When she was high school, she was appointed the leader of sports in her class. She joined the basketball and volleyball team when she was a freshman. She has also served as a member of the sports committee. Although her foundation in math and chemistry is weak compared to other students who have joined in different competitions, she tries to make the most of any opportunity to enter a mentor group and to learn as much as possible while working on projects.
Joining the QZ family has been the best gift of her sophomore year. And the later semester of sophomore, she went to Taiwan National Center University to learn as an exchanged student. The QZ scholarship helped her much to pay for part of her cost of living during the exchange period. After graduation she wants to via a Working Holiday policy in New Zealand to go abroad for one year. Improving her language ability and being more experienced on social work is the main goal in this gap year. And then will start her career. At present her career goal is to provide customized service. That is a big concept and she will go on to find the specific one and finally provide valuable service to the society.
“QZ really gives me a lot, not only on the financial support but on life guidance. The last [personal development] workshop was the first time I saw some scholars and Fan offline. And had the opportunity to learn from our excellent speakers. It is very different from the online video group chat, when we really interact with each other face to face. I am really luckily to be one of the Scholars and I cannot imagine what I would be if I were not a part of this Scholarship.”