Jiaying Liang

Tyrone, PA, United States

About Jiaying

Bio

My name is Jiaying Liang, I'm a Chinese girl studying in the United States presently. I was thirteen when I first got here and this is my fourth year. I experienced both tranditional Chinese form of education and the innovated style of American education. This combined teaching shapes my unique way of thinking. I would say I'm really open to creative and bold ideas yet more reserved in my own ways of enforcing; I'm extraordinarily sensitive and emotional within my own space of reasoning but also rational and detached while dealing or counsiling others' problems.
I was raised up in a family of very different standards and values, and of exceptional harmony. My mother is a simple housewife but of whom I venerate the most. She is independent, strong in both physical and spiritual energy; she is calm and super organized; and she is loving, caring, and very open. I give special thank to her for being a perfect demonstration of a very nice human being and a respectworthy female. My father invests in the stock market, not as an official job, but rather a hobby and interest; however, as far as I concerns, he treats it as if it is his job, his duty. He may somehow be considered as an "odd" being since he do not possess the modern skills for modern technologies: he does not know how to use a cell phone, he does not drive, he does not know many fashionable expressions. All he focuses on is the market, the graphs, the corporation information, and those legendary entrepreneurs. Despite all of these, he is the most reserved, mature individual in my life. He does not speak much even to me, yet when he starts a talk with me occasionally, I always expect some valuable advises and warnings. I am grateful for everything he teaches me which reminds me that only do what you like because you will enjoy it for the rest of your life.
Because of who I meet, I am who I am. I'm a person of faith and strength. I pursue concord and pleasure in life. I love my family and my friends. I care for elders and youngs. I respect teachers and guiders. I support the weak and the poor. I desire to be the irreplaceable, and I believe in what I can be.
I may still be young, but I'm willing and able to deal with whatever challenges waiting ahead. TED will be part of my future, starting from today!

Languages

Chinese, English, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

I always have the idea of talking to people in my native country about the real life for students studying abroad, and regarding the future of our young generation. I believe that based on my four years of studying aboard experience, I can tell those who do not know what it is like to study in a foreign country, to live here and to be involved here. There are lots of people in China that are puzzled by the question whether they should study abroad or not, and there are even more Chinese parents that try so hard to send their children out without knowing exactly the consequences. I wish to get access to a platform, a sharing opportunity that allows me to tell my side of the story, my understanding, and my harvests from studying abroad. I want to show those people the idea that studying abroad is certainly not just about academic study, but also more like a process of getting to know yourself, getting to know what you really want, how much it means to you, and how much would you pay.

I'm passionate about

I'm passionate about the living atmosphere surrounding me including people around me in the community, the environment which I'm living in, and the social activities and events occurring around me.

Talk to me about

Tell me about your personal opinions and standard evaluation on the current prevalence of studying abroad. You can also tell me stories of any young people you know that can reflect on their lives.

People don't know I'm good at

People don't know that I'm good at many different kinds of sports, such as fencing, badminton, soccer, tae kwon do and so on. I'm deeply interested in field of psychology, particularly human behavior.

Comments & conversations

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Jiaying Liang
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your opinion on the new and bigger wave of international students coming to the US for education? Do you support it or oppose it?
It is true that not all of them are positive input for the US educational field. Many international students try their best and accomplish relatively high achievements, while some others still have trouble using proper English language and earning satisfactory grades. I think many US high schools are rising their standards or requirements for international applicants, maybe that would help ameliorating current issues. No offense but I heard lots of news suggesting that the state of California is in a sort of financial crisis, which lowers their requirements for international students of the entire Unverisity of California system. I'm hoping that this is going to be fixed soon.
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Jiaying Liang
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your opinion on the new and bigger wave of international students coming to the US for education? Do you support it or oppose it?
Generally speaking, 80% of people that I am friend with don't regret their decision about study overseas. No matter what their intention is, the life experience and school communities here in the US offer us a wider view of the world. Many people are still unsure about whether they should choose this path or not, I would say that only after you come here, live here and connect to people here, you will be able to see what effects does it have on you. I agree with your opinion that these foreign students tend to be more receptive to new ideas and less resistant to change, I guess it's because of their courage to create new lives for themselves in the first place, and also their eager for innovative info., methods, and of course ways of thinking.
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Jiaying Liang
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you turn a seemingly impossible idea into reality? Where to start?
I'm not quite sure about those people that managed to build an empire, but I want to share a few thoughts I obtain from turning an idea into reality on my own. Two days ago I was troubling about what to prepare for my best friend's upcoming 18th birthday, then I got the crazy idea that I will gather birthday blessings from people all over the world for her. I laughed at myself when I first thought of it, but then I realized that maybe I can actually do it. I went on to every social network services that I know, created an online events, started spreading news to everyone I see. Now I'm here to tell you that I have sent over a thousand emails to over a thousand people and asked for their help, I have received over three hundred responses, and I made a website where I uploaded all the photos they sent to me. All of these start from an seemingly impossible idea of mine, just three days ago. It is not a huge achievement, but it is certainly something remarkable of doing. I guess everything you can think of can be done, you just need to be brave enough. Also you need to keep an eye on every possible opportunities.
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Jiaying Liang
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your opinion on the new and bigger wave of international students coming to the US for education? Do you support it or oppose it?
I think the expanding body of foreign students creates a more competitive atmosphere for education within the US. Credit to all the foreign students, different cultures and life styles are exchanged. Domestic students have their own strength in english language and a more suitable social chain; but foreign students particularly Asians tends to do better in fields of maths, etc in the general trend. I think too that a balanced approach is crucial in such circumstance. Since the existence of such great number of foreign student body, I believe universities and institutions are more reasonably likely to develope a tighter connection with this group of people, more resources will be devoted into service regarding them. I enjoy very much indeed the experience of study oversea, I think it helps me to see more and understand more.