A graduate from Nanjing University caught the attention of Chinese social media with his touching "acknowledgement" to his thesis in which he reflected on his challenging road to success.
Chen Shixin graduated from the School of Electronic Science and Engineering at Nanjing University this year, and received a full-award direct degree offer from the Department of Computer Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong earlier last year. He will pursue further studies in the field of chip automation design after joining CUHK this August.
Chen was born in a small village in Mianning county, in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province in 1999. When he was young, he often helped the family with farm work while his dad was away.
After enrolling in junior high, he slept at home in order to save money, and rode a bike more than ten kilometers to and from school every day. This was particularly hard during winters when his hands and feet cracked and bled from the cold.
Later, Chen was admitted to a key high school in Chengdu with excellent grades. There, he continued living frugally, buying the cheapest set meal in the school canteen, forgoing tasty snacks and fancy drinks. He picked up the tutorial books discarded by his seniors, and studied every one of them carefully. Not surprisingly, he was ranked first in his grade many times.
Chen Shixin entered Nanjing University in 2018, majoring in integrated circuit design and integrated systems. During his four years at university, he has won many scholarships and certificates. With part-time jobs and scholarships, he has been able to pay for his tuition and living expenses.
When he was at university, Chen Shixin was an active volunteer. He and his classmates gave lectures and guidance to rural students in mountainous areas. Every time he returned to his hometown, he volunteered to tutor children from the village, and helped many of them get into secondary schools.
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