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!
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.