If I use
one phrase to describe my past undergraduate life and the current post-graduate
life, I will select the phrase “proactively adapting.” During the first 18
years of my life, my parents’ choice and society preference largely influence
my life. If life is a game, then I was more like an NPC rather than a player.
point of my life is the day I graduated from the high school, and the first
mission I proactively choose to tackle is the two-plus-two program between
King’s college and Dongbei University in Finance and Economics. The Chinese
university is located in Dalian (the north of China), while my hometown is in
the south of China. Besides, King’s college is located in a foreign
country—Canada. Two-plus-two program means two different environments for me,
facing a totally unfamiliar environment, I feel like an outsider and observer.
As for the study part, it is interesting to compare two nations’ education
systems, from the class organization to the university operation. Those
differences lead to the different characteristics of each nation’s graduate
students. As for the life part, I have to learn everything from zero and notice
the unwritten social norms and expected behaviors. The strange environment also
forced me to think over the essential factors for my life, for instance, some
part of my habit and tradition should be kept and insisted in, and some part of
my past thoughts and actions should be replaced and developed.
final year of my program, I started to be interested in art and culture field,
although my program is named finance and administration, which has nothing to
do with art. I think what I learned so far are just a set of tools and ways to
measure a good business. In other words, my bachelor program taught me how to
do business. However, I think the more important question is to do what
business. I believe art and culture can contribute to people’s happiness and
change their lives. It is a worthwhile business to do.
Now I am
studying art and culture management in Milan, Italy.
其次，问题的条件是不断变化的。例如我在调查全球艺术行业和中国艺术行业时，难以确定具体的职业方向，我不知道选择盈利艺术机构还是非盈利艺术机构。我开始想得很远，觉得走非盈利方向会不会太清心寡欲，反而还是盈利艺术机构更有活力？我不想窘迫地活着，但是也不想违心做事情。我的脑内开始爆炸，一个一个的选择冒出来，然后分叉出更多方向。我这时候犯的错误就是我把本可以未来几十年慢慢处理的事情当作目前就要确定的事情。但是未来的自己很有可能有不同的喜好。我突然想养个孩子？我突然决定进入医学领域？我选择回家乡？即便当下的我依照对自己的了解，不断地翻找资料，经过了几天几夜的自我折磨，终于得出来目前来看最棒的职业方向，但是假设我的问题条件变了一些，我刚得出的职业方案又不再是最佳选择了。职业方向问题就像是在水流中捕捉一条鱼，周围的水流会不断变化，我们的捕鱼动作也随之变化。因此面对这类问题，我不需要解题到最后，我只要停在proposal of solution的阶段就行。我只要持续地看，思考就行。我不需要要逼着自己马上作出决定，并能坚定执行下去。
然后，我不需要孤军奋战去解决问题。遇到那些很大的议题，例如男女平等问题，刚接触到现实情况时，会及其沮丧，觉得千头万绪不知何处开始解。但是，别忘了产生沮丧情绪并想要解决这个问题的不单单是我，还有很多人和我一样想要改变现状。每个人都有自己参与议题的方式，医学领域可以提高孕妇生育的安全系数，艺术家可以创作相关作品来提高人们的意识，企业家可以从自己公司开始帮助女性职业发展，等等。我不是孤独的战士，我只是和散落在世界各地的战士没有联络而已。越是大的议题，越需要更多人的参与才能推动改变。处理这类问题的时候，我只要在自己能力范围内作到putting solution into effect就行。作出一朵浪花能带来的改变就好了。