She talks to us about her upbringing in China's happiest city, coming to Melbourne, and her love of biographies.
Zifan Miao is a 22 year old Masters of Management (Finance) student from Shijiazhuang, China. She completed her undergraduate degree in Food Science & Engineering at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.
"One should not impose on others what he himself does not desire."
Q: How has family had an effect on your upbringing?
A: I learned a lot from my father. And the most important one is try to be as much tolerant and giving to people around you as you can. Sometimes you may feel kind of unfair, but finally you will find that if everyone feels happy with you, it is you who are going to be the happiest.
Q: What’s something people wouldn’t know about where you grew up?
A: One thing about the city I grew up seems quite confusing and incredible. That is, Shijiazhuang is the city with the most serious smog (air pollution) in China. Meanwhile it is also the the provincial capital with the highest happiness index of people living there.
Q: What does your family & friends expect from you?
A: First and foremost, they want me to be a happy person enjoying every-day life. Based on that , they hope I can become a person who always has a pursuit and passion for personal development.
Q: What’s a phrase, saying, or quote you like from your native country (in your native language) and why is it important to you?
A: ‘One should not impose on others what he himself does not desire.’ It reminds me of being a giving and grateful person to others.
"On the other hand, I want to get precious friendships as well as rich experiences to try new things and see new views of the world."
Q: Where do you get inspiration?
A: I like talking with friends, especially those friends who are not only hardworking but ambitious. Another way is to read biographies as well as speeches of people who do a great job in their areas.
Q: What was your first impression of Melbourne?
A: A pretty lovely impression as an orderly city with an clean and neat environment surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. The buildings and construction are full of artistic design.
Q: What do you want to get out of Melbourne University by the time you’ve finished your degree?
A: On one hand, I want to handle English in a high level and obtain professional financial knowledge. On the other hand, I want to get precious friendships as well as rich experiences to try new things and see new views of the world.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Maybe working at a company as a financial analyst and part-time writer in China.
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