Zhen was among the first batch of Qian Zheng Scholars who left a deep impression on Yin as a very mature and ambitious young lady. She is the eldest of the family, setting a good example for her younger brother and younger sister who are college-bound. Though she misses the hand-pulled noodles of her hometown, she enjoys exploring the world beyond. With part of the first year’s scholarship money, she applied to and received another scholarship which covered room and board at the prestigious Swiss Hotel Management School in Geneva. There, she made many international friends, improved her English, started learning French and traveled all around Europe, thereby fulfilling her goal as stated in her original application: “I am a lover of fine food, and I hope I can travel a lot and eat fine foods one day”. She has earned accolades for her contributions to numerous volunteer organizations and events, spanning Care Package Programs for poor children to UNESCO events to “End Violence against Women”. In the short-term, her goals include financing a trip for her four grandparents to visit Beijing for the first time and supporting her siblings with their university education.
This past year, she finished her management trainee rotation program within The Opposite House. She says that the job was challenging, because she had to work as a front-desk hostess, restaurant & bar waitress, room attendant, and also coordinator for People Development Department, Purchasing Department, Event Team, and Sales & Marketing Department. It was not easy to do all these jobs very well, but she has learned to be patient, humble and learn from everyone around her.
Outside of work, her most memorable experience this past year was traveling in Taiwan during the New Year 2015 and to learn about local people and culture.
“I would like to thank Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship from the bottom of my heart for providing the opportunity for students like me to be able to afford my life dream. This means so much to me. It's more than financial assistance because I've learned a lot from it and the people who work on it. Be positive. Be confident. Be responsible. Keep giving instead of asking. Learn to share and never give up dreams. Without the scholarship and Qian Zheng mentors, I would not be what I am like today. I mean I might not have the courage and fund to prepare for the IELTS. Then I might not have gone abroad to study. Also I might not have the current job. And then I might not know about all those lovely friends.
My goal is to be a leading woman in my field and I will someday be able to give something back to others who are in need. I appreciate the efforts of the Scholarship team for making it possible. It's people like our sponsors and mentors who create success in students.”