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Living Library: 24th

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Xixing Xiang

“Slash” Youth

Year      4 Economics and Finance          

"Slash” youth, former president of Student Union / scholarship and research grant winner / freelance translator / gourmet Blogger.

He is the “old head” of the XJTLU Student Union and leads the SU to become “Club of the Year” during his presidency. He is the winner of Academic Excellence Awards, whose SURF project also wins the title of “IBSS Cluster Winner”.  In the university, he is an optional course student lecturer, an ILEAD guest speaker, and the representative of the Academic Board.

Plus, he is a member of Translators Association of China, UNLPP certified translator with years of experience; a holder of BEC Higher and a guest lecturer of Business English in many enterprises. He has deep love for life and has a wide range of interests; as a foodie blogger and caffeine addict, he appreciates food aesthetics and latte arts.

How can we achieve the balance of study, club, work and life in the university and become a "Slash” Youth?

Aro Han

Korean Culture in K-dramas

Year 2      Computer Science and Technology 

Lecturer of ‘Korean language and culture with k-dramas’

What do you think of when we talk about romantic Korean dramas? Is it exquisite makeup, or stylish clothing? Is it barbecue, ramen or spicy fried rice cake?

K-dramas have always been popular. ‘It is snowing. How can I live through the day without fried chicken and beer?’ Cheon Song-Yi’s pet phrase once became a hot topic among young people, reflecting the great charm of K-drama.

This time, the South Korean girl will bring you a feast of K-dramas, guiding you to the world of Korean culture!

Haochuan Wang

The Art of Language

Year 4      Finance and Economics 

Vice President of Hosting and Broadcasting troupe

He had never received professional training in hosting before. After a series of experiences, he grew up and reaped a lot experience in hosting. As one of the speaker XJTLU team in Enactus 2016 China’s Social Innovation Competition, he led the team to enter the national final with the performance of No.1 in preselection competition and No.2 in East China Competition. He is good at communicating with others and hope to help someone who are not very communicative. Hosting and speaking are all the art of language. If you want to improve your ‘EQ’, have the confidence to speak freely and face your fear in coming up to the podium, I hope I can show you some of the ways to grow out of your comfort zone.

Haoming Wen

Say No!  

Year 3      Marketing                          

CEO, the founder of Suzhou Industrial Park Tourism Extension Co, Ltd.

Everyone’s life path is unique. Apparently the universe has something planned for me: writing new chapters to my story the moment when I feel unwilling to be a nerd.

The dynamic wave of life did not hit me by surprise: from Sales Commissioner to Product Manager, from Marketing to Overseas Exchanges, from Work to Entrepreneurship, The perfect transformation of various roles is realized.

Either doing something or nothing, every choices must be based on all your experiences in the past. There are millions of paths to choose in life. That’s why I have something to share with you. 

Mengda Zhou

Spirit of independence, Will of freedom

2018 graduate   International Business                  

Tesla Product Specialist

People step on different paths due to different choices. Unique character is formed due to distinct scenery on one’s own path.

He is going to share his path, on which he walked through Bosch, Deloitte, CPA Australia, IBSS, Tesla, along with insistence, sense, and affirmation.

Be independent, and insist on the attitude of non-conformity. Be free, and always follow the right direction. The destination of the path is who you want to be.

Zhiqiang Chen

Super Brain

Year 1      Electrical and Electronic                              

XJTLU Freshman

He won the Junior World Memory Championship several times and has broken several world records. He is also the champion in the TV show “Super Brain” in 2016 and 2017.

He insists that hobbies are the best teachers and we should put the most effort in achieving our goals.

Want to hear something different about memory? Want to know how memory changed his life? Come and find out!

 

Hao Hu

an Underachiever’s Counterattack

Year      4 International Business

Associate Curator, 17-18TEDxYouth@Suzhou   Chinese Youth Representative, 10th United Nations Global Compact China - Japan - Korea Roundtable Conference.

She is an excellent explorer, she has been to more than a dozen countries: diving in the Maldives, cycling along the Lake Baikal, road tripping in North Coast of Spain, island hopping in Japan, having fun in Singapore Art Museum… an excellent travel partner.

She spent a whole year exploring inspiring individuals and their stories, committed to make TED better.

Her rapid academic progress and scholarship earned reflect the evolution of learning methods and ways of thinking. How did her experience change her performance from 50% - 80%?

Listen to how she completely counterattack her underachieving grades, joining a club and travel the world! She certainly has an exuberant university life that we all are dreaming of.

News

与君晤言,慧然独悟——西浦真人图书馆活动回顾

The 24th “Living Library” was a Success

10月23日晚6点半和10月24日下午2点,由西交利物浦大学图书馆主办的两场“Living Library”真人图书馆活动于图书馆830互动空间正式开幕。活动邀请来自不同领域的先行者,畅谈别样人生经历,展现多种生活姿态。学生们在此次活动中共借阅了七本真人图书,他们分别是拓学旅游咨询公司创始人CEO闻浩铭、身兼自由译员与美食博主等数职的“斜杠青年”向希形、2016年开学典礼主持人王昊川、大一新生最强脑王的陈智强、TEDxYouth的策划者呼浩、来自韩国的Aro Han、18级校友周濛达。

On the 23rd October at 6pm and the next day, 24th October at 2pm, the XJTLU Library has organized two sessions of “Living Library” in the Library’s interactive room, R830. The activities invites various guests from different fields to talk about their different life experiences and life styles. The guests are Wen Haoming, Founder of Tourist Consulting Co.; Xiang Xixing, a freelance interpreter and food blogger; Wang Haochuan, the presenter of the XJTLU opening ceremony in 2016; Chen Zhiqiang, a freshman and the champion in the TV show “Super Brain”; Ho Hao, a planner of TEDxYouth; Aro Han from South Korea, and Chou Mengda, a 2018 alumnus.

活动共分两个环节,首先每位嘉宾依次面向全体同学讲述自身独特经历,之后同学们可以任意选择最感兴趣的嘉宾,坐到相应区域,与其面对面,深入交流、答疑解惑。读者们在真人图书的带领下,翻阅精彩的人生篇章,交流学习生活中的迷茫和困惑,须臾之间收获了满满的惊奇与感动。同时,由嘉宾们推荐的数十本好书展示在活动现场,读者们可以自由翻读或借阅。

The activity is divided into two parts. First, each guest tells his or her own unique experience to all the students in turn. Then the students can choose to sit near the guest that interest them the most, ask questions and have in-depth exchanges face to face. Readers, guided by living books, read wonderful chapters of the “living book”, exchange experience in their study and life, and are fully amazed and touched. At the same time, dozens of good books recommended by the guests are also displayed in the room and the readers can read or borrow them freely.

其中,真人图书闻浩铭成功实现从学生到旅游公司CEO身份转变的经历引起阵阵掌声。秉承着“我不”的人生信条,初出茅庐的闻浩铭担任过英孚亚太地区全球大使,休学一年去签证公司任职并拿下销售业绩第一,最后开创自己的旅游公司。他提出创业路上改变最大的三个瞬间:一次辞职、一场家庭聚会、一顿工作餐,认为上司的肯定、家人的支持、梦想的召唤是他创业路上不可或缺的动力。读者们惊叹于他初生牛犊不怕虎的精神,佩服其不落窠臼的先见力和决断力,更被他敢于尝试、敢于突破的勇气和毅力所感染。

Among them, a “living book”, Wen Haoming’s successful transformation from a student to a CEO of a travel company has received many applause. Sticking to his life principle, “say no”, Wen Haoming worked as the global ambassador for the English First (EF) in the Asia-Pacific region. He then took a gap year and worked for a visa company and won as the best sales person. He later eventually started his own travel company. He pointed out the three biggest moments on the road to entrepreneurship: a resignation, a family gathering, a working meal. He believed that the confirmation of his boss, the support of his family, and the call of his dreams were indispensable driving forces on the road of his entrepreneurship. Readers marveled at his fearlessness, admired his unswerving foresight and determination, and were influenced by his courage and perseverance to try and break through.

同时,在社团、学习、翻译、自媒体领域全面发光的向希形,讲述了如何在大学期间,进行有效的时间、效率和知识管理,实现学习、社团、工作和生活的平衡。向希形以亲身经历传授“有花堪折直须折”的自我管理之道:在高中最迷茫的时候毅然选择去德国交换一年;为热爱的翻译事业付出,加入中国翻译协会,担任学校英汉翻译选修课的学生讲师;作为美食博主,对拿铁的研究也颇为精深。此外,王昊川从自身主持经历出发告诉读者们,演讲与说话都是语言的艺术,并就如何拥有演讲时侃侃而谈的自信给出了多条建议,使大家受益匪浅。

At the same time, Xiang Xixing , who is the star in the club, studying, translating and self-media, share with us how to effectively manage time to achieve balance between study, work and life. “Seize the moment while you can”: in the most confusing time in high school, he decided to stay in Germany for one year; Due to his love for translation, he joined the Chinese Translation Association and became a student lecturer in the English-Chinese translation selective course in XJTLU; as a food blogger, he has done a lot of research on Latte.

Simultaneously, Wang Haochuan tells the readers from his own experience that public speaking and talking are the art of language, and he also offered a few suggestions on how to speak confidently which has benefited his readers.

最后一位上场的“真人图书”是在西浦许多同学早已知晓的的大一新生陈智强。不过,曾经那个青涩男孩,如今已经是个清秀的少年了。也正如陈智强调侃的那样:“我已经不是那个14岁的小胖子啦。”在这场分享会中,陈智强谈笑风生,引的场下观众笑声不断;他先是从自己初高中因录制节目而被老师同学贴上“脑王”的标签从而没有和同学们处好关系谈起,并表达了自己内心对于人际沟通的憧憬;同时,他也强调,自己在外人眼中的惊人能力,并不是天生的,而是从零开始,在兴趣的引领下一步一步到打破世界纪录。“我只是一个普通人,我的能力和学习成绩是两回事,不要因为我的成就,就把除了我以外的人都贬低成学渣。”他真诚地说道。

The last “living book” is Chen Zhiqiang, a freshaman famous among many XJTLU students. The innocent boy now has grown to be a handsome young man. As Chen Zhiqiang laughed ”I am no longer the fat little 14 year-old boy”. In his sharing session, everyone talked and laughed. He was labelled as “King of the Brain” back in junior and senior high schools but he did not have a good relationship with his classmates, and express his longing for interpersonal communication. At the same time, he stressed that his ability is not innate. Instead, he worked from scratch, under the guidance of self-interest, step by step, and eventually broke the world record. He said, “I am an ordinary person. My ability and academic performance are two different things. Don’t belittle others just because of my achievements in the TV show”, he said sincerely. 

活动结束后,来自大二经济专业的马信同学表示,“真人图书馆”活动让自己认识到了更多有趣的人,他们的经历对自身在学习和人生规划方面都有一定的借鉴意义,今天的两个小时非常值得。图书馆用户服务部的王思云老师表示,“真人图书馆”活动能够让读者获取一些自己好奇的知识,读者通过“借”一个活生生的人交谈,增长见识、结交益友,获得与纸质图书全然不同的阅读感受。这是项极有意义活动,图书馆会长期举办下去。

After the event, Ma Xin, a Year 2 student majoring in economics commented that the “Living Library” made him meet more interesting people. He can relate to their study and life experiences. “today’s two hours is really worthwhile” he added. Siyun Wang, a Library staff from User Service Division said that the “Living Library” event allows readers to acquire unique knowledge. By “borrowing” a living person to talk to, readers gain better insights, make friends and get a completely different reading experience from books. This is a very meaningful activity and the library will continue to organize it in the future.  

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