I would like to share some lessons I learn in college and create a collection for them. This is the first post of them: accepting imperfection. It is a speech for every college student. Thank my sweetie Joey who translates the Chinese version for me.
Good morning, my classmates! This moment will be one of the most exciting ones in our whole life. Class of 2021, congratulations!
I am Xie Guochao, an outstanding graduate from the School of Data Science and Muse College. I would like to share with you the most important lesson I learned in the past four years: Accepting imperfections.
Last month, during the whole afternoon, I made this silver ring with my girlfriend, Joey. Now, I cherish it a lot and wear it all the time. Of course, I know it is imperfect: it is an inexpensive one, without the best polish, made by two novice craftsmen. Still, it is the most valuable because it carries our unique memory and a meaning that cannot be evaluated by typical standards.
That everything has a tradeoff means everybody is imperfect. There is no such universal metric to evaluate all of us. I have witnessed many being evaluated by others. Perhaps most of your parents and seniors have told you a golden principle of a “successful” student.
Success = Go to a top graduate school or find a decent job
= high GPA + high test scores + research + internships + prizes.
成功 = 去顶级硕博项目或者找到体面的工作
What about your life, your happiness, and your dreams? They seldom care about these and only want to push you to fit their standards in order to shape you into “perfect” students. Failing to achieve it makes you stressed and depressed. You lose your direction in this extremely competitive society. You lose your passion only because you are not such a “perfect” one.
Hey friends, why do you care so much about the common standard of perfection? You don’t need to be perfect in every aspect. Instead, you should accept your imperfections. You know, even the best works tested by time can hardly please every reader. Maybe their novel ideas annoy the conservative scholars. Or they are too complex to make the confused agree with them. However, the key point of their success is to find their place and make a breakthrough in their areas.
So we should find our place in this society. We should always chase our dreams. We are the rising stars to benefit ourselves and our families and contribute to our university, our community, and our country. That’s what makes our life meaningful.
The same rule also applies to our university, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. I know most of us, including me, have been questioned and judged countless times about our university. President Xu always defines us as a “young” university, and actually, young means still imperfect. We don’t have as many schools and students as others. We don’t even have our own playground.
But why do we still love it? Because of our extraordinary friendship and our sweet and impressive memory here. Together, we solve challenging projects until midnight, deliver engaging presentations, manage clubs and startups, and try our best to make a difference to our community and society.
And because of our distinguished and friendly professors and teachers here. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my supervisor Professor Chung Yeh-Ching, to all the professors and teachers, to our families, and to the whole CUHK(Shenzhen) Community. Thank you for your efforts to make our university better! And I sincerely wish our university a promising future.
Class of 2021, we are the 黄埔四期, the most remarkable ones in the history of CUHK(SZ). We will find our passion, live a fulfilled life, and become indispensable in our society. Let’s gather again on the more beautiful campus with a playground on the next anniversary. Thank you.
Read more about my reflections: Undergraduate Category