Meng stated in her application: “As we all know, environmental pollution is a huge problem to be solved; I hope I can do something in water resources protection, as well as the environment protection.” Therefore, she chose to study Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering. She hopes to become a researcher, performing surveys all over the world to find new methods to solve environmental problems through her experiments. She is interested in going to Finland and Australia, because these countries are leaders in water resource conservation. Outside the classroom, she has been participating in competitions to design a dam and to make a model based on the university campus.
She plans to use 60% of this scholarship to fund her sister’s operation to treat her epilepsy and use the rest to support her grandparents. In per free time, she enjoys writing (she even won the English micro-fiction competition in her department in 2014), running, tennis, watching movies, studying English and public speaking. The last one is no wonder: Meng is outgoing and has a strong desire to communicate and socialize with people. During summer of 2015, she spent almost all her time performing community services, teaching in rural schools and participating in Yanxing’s inspirational speech tour. She raves about the experience: “We learned how to travel with our peers, express our ideas accurately and speak in public. During those days, I experienced true friendship. Even though we seldom had enough rest, we worked together devotedly. I found myself growing up quickly and I became more and more confident.”
“If you want to achieve your goal, you must be more ruthless towards yourself. The most precious thing in the world is time and one's own time is the most precious. Time should be used in correct places and not on meaningless things. In the past year, I felt that I had matured a lot. And I gradually faded from the immature campus and began to plan my professional life. I also gradually understand what Fan jie said to me long long ago——the gap between interest and occupation and the price you must pay before doing what you want to do.”