Today, we show an excellent student of Yangtze University: MUNTHALI NDAZIONA CHIDIMBAH from Malawi.
MUNTHALI is a master student of agricultural and forestry economic management, batch 2019. He won the 2020 Excellent International Students Scholarship, and other rewards.
Here is his story:
How I joined Yangtze University
There is nothing great more than a feeling that a man feels when he has achieved one of the dreams that he always dreamed for.
Many are the dreams that a man has but few are the dreams that a man may achieve due to too many different reasons we have in this world.
Studying toward attaining a master degree was a dream I always had, but getting it from a beautiful great land of China was another level of dream that I was dreaming and could not wait to achieve.
It was just like dream coming true when I was landing on Mainland China through Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on 13 September 2019, that's when I really understand and realised that I was no longer in a dream but it was a reality.
My study life in China
Talking about my study life here in China, I would say, every day is a brand new and a testimony day to me as I am able to learn new things both academically from my professors and socially from my native Chinese friends and other international students who are from more than 50 countries all around the world who we live together just like children of one family at my beautiful school Yangtze University. At first, I thought I will only gain academically but the experience I have gotten from the time I have stayed in this great beautiful land of China has really proved me to be wrong, because now I can proudly stand and say it is like I am killing two birds with one stone. I am saying this because I am learning more and more new things apart from academics each and every day from the things I see around China and people that surround me, that makes me to be well developed and have a good mindset change on how to look at and do things in all aspect of human life development.
Firstly, let me talk about my academics as it is the main purpose that helped me to come and be found here in China.
Generally, Chinese Universities like my school Yangtze University has many qualified and experienced professors that are not only good at teaching and conducting research, but also passionate with the heart of helping all their students regardless of where they are coming from to understand what they are teaching. I may confess that I came to China as a student who was not good at all in doing research work and writing academic papers, but today through my Chinese supervisor, other teachers and fellow students encouragements and motivations at Yangtze University I am thankful to the Chinese government through my university for the opportunity given to me because now I can humbly say that I am an author of more than 7 academic research papers conducted within the year which is a miracle to me. My studies have also been smoothened because of good learning environment that we have here China, especially at my school Yangtze University like advanced technological infrastructure that provides high speed WIFI internet service which makes me able to find scholarly paper easily, well equipped laboratories and libraries. Lastly, even having good extra curriculum activities like sporting activities and students' groups like Chinese corner that help to refresh my mind when I am tired.
Secondly, let me talk about Chinese culture, as a young child I had imaginations of China through cinema that I used to watch in my village.
But coming and studying here I am happy that I have learned new language that I believe is the language that anyone is and will be proud of to know and speak in the whole world in this 21st century, as I will be also able to conduct business and talk to native Chinese now who are in my country with confidence. Further, at my free time I have been able to physically visits some popular ancient or historical Chinese places that carry great history that I only used to read from the books, internet and learn in class, all this is an honour to me. Further, I have been given an opportunity to enjoy the delicious Chinese food which I enjoy cooking and eating. On the same note, through an open culture which I have been learning I have created a broad base of friendships with strong guanxi with many native and international students that will even help my life after my graduation.
Thirdly, as someone who will be expected to be engaged in decision making tables one day in my country.
There is something special and great that I have learned this year in regard to COVID-19 fight and management which has really touched my heart. The kind of compassion and love that I have been given, seeing and I have been witnessing throughout the pandemic in China is beyond imaginable. Everyone has been involved in one way or another in fighting the Virus, each day I woke up the first thing was that I was receiving text messages of motivation, encouragement, updates on weather, preventative and control measures of COVID-2019 from mobile companies and the city prevention and control headquarters of Jingzhou and Hubei, I have seen medical practioners coming from all different corners of China working tirelessly, nurses shaving their heads and working hard risking their lives in order to save others, some to the extent of contacting the virus and dying in the process, the security personnel's helping to keep order in sensitizing lockdown which we were under, International students doing volunteering work helping on the parts they can manage to do, while others following orders just to stay indoors and observing the prevention and control measures. Furthermore, International student's office teachers helping in facilitating necessities for the students through buying and delivery day and night tirelessly. It has taught me that in unity indeed there is power and we can fight and conquer if we work together everyone playing his part. This is a mark that has been put in my heart which I will carry and share with my people telling them the love and the care I have been receiving when my native family were not close to me.
Lastly, I would say it is a great opportunity in my life and an honor for me to be found in China.
I am an ambassador and the flag carrier who will tell the whole world about the real story of great dreamed land of China. So that someone, somewhere who has a dream like me should also come and achieve his dream. I am proudly and not ashamed to say that China is my second home.