Xiaowei is a physicist in the making. She likes her major because it’s applicable to real life, especially topics related to electricity, because the formulas such as Maxwell's are so simple, yet all-encompassing. Her ultimate career goal is becoming a professor. She plans to apply for graduate programs abroad, ideally in Germany because the research there is world-class. She has made some solid progress since joining our Scholarship program a year ago: “I learned German and came to know a new language and bought some books about physics including ‘The Feynman Lectures on Physics’. I found it interesting to read these books, and I finished my scientific project and published an article in a European Journal of Physics. If didn’t have the scholarship, I could not buy books on German and Physics and pay for classes to improve my oral English.”
Xiaowei cares a lot about the community and her parents, who have lived in their hometown all their lives. Her mother is a farmer and her father used to be a doctor in the village, but now suffers from bad health unfortunately. During her sophomore year, she joined a team that taught at a school for children of migrant workers once a week. She taught music and painting and was very touched by how positive the kids were, not realizing that the conditions under which there were growing up where less than optimal. She also went to Shijiazhuang with the Yanxing speech team and spoke to 400-500 high school students about how to build their confidence, drawing from her own experiences. She wasn't nervous at all about speaking in front of so many people, because she got plenty of practice while coordinating and participating in other Yanxing events, dancing, acting in skits and MCing. She relaxes by going jogging, an activity she likes because it's the most efficient and doesn't require any equipment.