As a girl from an underprivileged family, Yani did not have the opportunities to see all the wonderful and colorful aspects of the world. Her father is a truck driver and her mother is a farmer. However, this disadvantage has not dampened her courage to go outside and see the larger world. Her biggest inspiration has always been her uncle, who was the first generation to study abroad. Her biggest dream is to go abroad to pursue graduate study like her uncle. Yani considers herself fortunate to have a happy and supportive family who know her dream and spare no effort to help her.
Yani shows great interest in STEM subjects. In her first year at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, she was admitted to the Intensive Training Program of Engineering and Research. As one of the four women in her class, she sometimes feels that it hard to compete with those smart and diligent men. But she managed to excel in all her courses: she got the highest and the third highest Compulsory Grade Point in the first and second term, respectively, during her freshman year. In her junior year, Yani was admitted to Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany for 1 exchange year, with full scholarship.
She also used her spare time to study English. She got into the 7.5 band in the IELTS and 325+4.5 in GRE. She plans to apply for an electrical engineering Master’s degree program at an American university after graduating from NUAA.
In June 2018, Yani writes: “I applied for a sponsored exchanging program to TU Darmstadt; I learnt how to make an academic resume, how to prepare for a interview, and most importantly, how to make a decision when faced with more than one choices. All this above is owned to my mentor Kathy, she has helped me so much in the whole process of application”
“I also learnt that I should keep in contact with those who have helped me. This year’s mentor program for us new scholars of QZMS asks us to have a video call with mentor at least every two months. After several regular videos, I found that contacting on a regular basis can be really helpful for relationship building. I tried to make contact with that kind lady who helped me financially in my senior year and shared with her what I’m up to. It’s exciting that after three years we are talking and sharing again. She is also happy that I have grown so much and even recommend a book to me. (《王阳明心学》)”
Advice to other Scholars: “Try your best to take part in the activities, the more you take part, the more you get.”