I was born in Harbin, China in 1995. Compared to other cities in the country, Harbin has its own style, featuring a mixture of eastern and western cultures. In fact, the combination of Han, Manchu and Russian cultures has greatly influenced local architecture style, music, food and custom. And that's why it also has the nickname "Oriental Paris".
After graduating from a public middle school, I moved to Beijing to study IGCSE and A-Levels. Beijing is a giant city and you have a great chance of getting lost. The most important thing I've learned from this city was how to explore the unknowns in my life and how to tackle them individually. It was also the time when I gained most of my skill sets. In those three years, I've been involved in a lot of events and activities, including hosting events, practicing photography, editing videos and so on. I even had a chance to co-host the fifth anniversary of my high school with the famous teen show host, Wang Hao from China Central Television.
In high school, my "selective OCD" guided myself to get an A for every subject (Math, Physics, and Applied ICT) and "unexpectedly" resulted in the Cambridge International Exams Exceptional Learner Award (highest mark in Applied ICT in China), and eventually helped me to secure a place at King's College London in September 2013.
...are you ready for it?
2017 marks the completion of my master degree in Computer Science at King's College London. The 4 years at King's weren't just about studying but...
In 2014, my team won the second place at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon EU. In 2015, I became an Apple WWDC scholarship winner and went to the developer conference in San Francisco for my very first time. In the following year I was selected for the scholarship again, with my final undergraduate project ViewLDN.
My final year at King's is also the beginning of my Augmented Reality startup, Trarvel, which helps tourists easily identify new places and attractions within their vicinity. I was voted as one of the top 10 London-based entrepreneurs under 30 later that year. And most importantly, I was endorsed for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa in the UK in early 2017 (read my story here). Special thanks to KCL Tech Society and King's Entrepreneurship Institute.
King's, look what you made me do.
Building a tech startup does not sound as easy as people mentioned, but I keep trying my best. As a 22 year-old noob growing up, I definitely expect challenges and uncertainties coming right up. Fingers crossed for the future.
I can tell that it's going to be a long road.