How Are You?

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I still remember the day I arrived in this country. It was August 21, 2015. I will never forget it. The 25-hour flight didn’t wear me down or refrain me from being melodramatic. As soon as my feet touched the…

Who Can Teach You About Life?

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Last week, I read David Brooks’s column “Mis-Educating the Young”  which opens with his lunch conversation with a former student, Lucy Fleming, a 20 something recent college graduate.  Brooks asks what she has learned in her first year out of…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Take 2

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Listening to Mark Zuckerberg’s speech to Harvard’s graduating class of 2017, I was struck by a poignant point he made. “Ideas don’t come out fully formed, they only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get…

Alexandra

Alexandra Tirado

You can contact Alexandra at tirado85@gmail.com.

A father’s love — like mountain, like water.

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Going abroad might be a carefree vacation for you, but to my family, it is a huge deal. My father will kowtow in front of the Bodhisattva and pray for my upcoming traveling a week before I leave, and my…

Quanzhi Guo

Quanzhi Guo

Quanzhi Quo is a sophomore at Colgate University. You can contact Quanzhi Guo at guoquanzhi321@gmail.com.

Choices & Crossroads

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“Why am I here?” “I want to go home…” “Should I stay?” “Should I leave?” “Where am I going?” On this late night when I was screaming my lungs out, I was breathlessly holding onto a lamppost to avoid getting…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

What if you’re rejected?

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Every year right around March I see a plethora of articles on college acceptances, success stories, and rejection stories. She knew I care about education and have been actively involved in non-for-profits that are focused on assisting high school students…

What Intimidates You?

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When I was young, everything intimidated me and nothing intimidated me.  I used my youth and naivety to ask direct questions, seek candid answers, and show genuine curiosity. That personality trait served me well as I grew up to become…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Coming to America: Lessons I Learned

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“What is your plan after graduation?” People often asked while I was studying at Syracuse University. “Working in the editorial section with a New York-based company, understand the industry, and polish myself. Eventually I’d like to go back to China…

Anita Xu

Anita Xu

You can contact Anita Xu at anitaxu@162.144.26.251/~chinaper.

What weren’t you prepared for…?

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It nearly killed me that summer in Michigan. I had just turned 17.  Having arrived in America for the first time, I was feeling upbeat, confident and ready for anything.  After all, I had planned, prepared for and passed several…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Why This Time Of Year Makes Me Think Ahead and Back?

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This year, the New England winter did not seem to end until the Yale underclassmen moved out. The good weather, of course, was reserved only for the commencement and the reunion weekends. Besides warm temperatures, the three weeks that follow…

Yifu, Beijing

Yifu Dong

You can contact Yifu Dong at dongyifu@gmail.com.

My Talk at Draper Competition, on Taking Risks, Failure & Growth

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Can’t believe it has been a year. Last year, I was the first and only Wellesley student who participated in the Draper Competition. I barely knew what a business plan was and how to do an elevator pitch. A year…

Mojia Shen

Mojia Shen

You can contact Mojia at mshen2@wellesley.edu

Capturing Someone’s Attention?

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What’s the most important currency anybody can give you? A compliment? A smile? A job? Or money? When you think about it, any of the above starts with someone paying attention – to you. “Attention is the most important currency…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.