I was only two when my teachers had given me the title of “strange child” due to the expert reading training provided by my mother which allowed me to read a book upside down faster than other children reading it the straight way.
At the age of four, I entered the local Children’s Palace to learn dance and piano. At the age of five, I entered preschool and learned faster than the teachers could teach so that I was recommended to enter the normal elementary school earlier than usual. After entering the school, I began as a mid-course student because the school was not sure if I could catch up with the pace of the study. However, to the surprise of the entire school, I achieved perfect scores in all the courses in the first semester and was given the title of the “Honor Student”. Soon afterwards I was given the status of a normal student.
In 1995, when I was six years old, I went to Children’s Palace to study the process of writing speech, performance and the fine arts. I was also trained in swimming at the Shenyang Aquatic Sport School, and skating at Shenyang Sports Institute.
In 1997, when I was eight years old and in fourth grade, the school divided the classes into two streams: normal and speed classes. Given my academic potential and history of achievements, I comfortably clinched the title of the “Honor Student” that year in the speed classes’ stream.
In 1999, when I was ten years old (6th Grade), the school chose 30 excellent students for special training. Not surprisingly I was amongst the chosen lot. In 2000, when I was eleven years old, my parents migrated abroad, and I entered Shenyang Bacui Private Secondary School and started living independently. During this period, I was elected to the position of school student leader due to my excellent organizational ability and leadership. My grades still ranked the top 3% in the school, and I achieved perfect scores in most of the courses, especially in mathematics.
In 2001, at twelve years of age, I was transferred to Dalian Maple International School, where I lived on campus independently and accepted bilingual teaching. Because all the students selected were among the best students in the country, I faced strong competition. Nevertheless, I still achieved the highest scores ranking in the top 3, and was picked up as representative of the school to attend National Olympic Mathematics Contest. There I achieved the best score, and was awarded the Excellent Student Certificate from Canadian Headquarter (my school is a branch of Canada school in China).
In February 2002, when I was 13 years old, I came to America and amongst my first studies found Robert F. Wagner MS167 in the seventh grade. However, my English was not good enough to support my study. For example, in my first history class, I even could not understand the documentary my teacher play in the class, let alone comprehend it.
In September 2002, I was transferred to I.S.235, a new immigrant school in New York, to strengthen my English ability. In September 2003, at the age of fourteen, I returned to Robert F. Wagner MS167 (7th Grade) and began to understand what the teachers taught in class and followed the class with plain ease. At that time, I also took a French course, in which my record was very good, and my examination scores always were the highest in class.
In 2004, when I turned fifteen (8th Grade), two years had passed since my migration to American. With a high score of 606 in Special High School Entrance Examination, I was admitted by New York Stuyvesant High School, which led to my school teachers completely changing their perception about me and looked upon me under magnified awes.
In 2005 (9th Grade), I was picked up into the Stuyvesant school Mathematics team (Group A). I passed AMC10 examination, and was selected to attend AIME mathematics contest. I also obtained the certificate of the Eighth Grade (the highest level) from British Royal Music Institute, and the certificate of Sixth Grade (the highest level) in New York.
In 2006 (10th Grade), with the help of some teachers, I finished the pre-calculus courses during my leisure time (after-school time) and achieved the highest score in the course. I also undertook the task of becoming the manager of the school female swimming team and helped establish student club in my school.
In the summer vacation of 2007, I worked as a volunteer at the office of New York city Congressman Liu Chun Yi. The total hours I worked for were 160 and there was considerable amount of media applaud because the details had been published in the newspapers as well as were anchored on television; all this due to the excellent working record during those hours.
In September 2007 (11th Grade), I took some pre-college courses — AP Calculus, Managerial Finance and AP Statistics. I also passed AMC 12 examinations and entered the AIME mathematics contest.
During the summer vacation of 2008, I continued my volunteer job at city Congressman Liu Chun Yi office and obtained more professional working experience.