Jiang Peiyu, a 17-year-old Chinese student from a foreign language school in southwest China's Chongqing has received offers from ten internationally recognized schools in the United States, including Washington University, University of California Santa Barbara, Union College, Skidmore College and six other famous universities.
She is currently still working hard in the classroom, preparing for China's College Entrance Examination (Gaokao).
The school's international talent class started to enroll students when she was still studying in ordinary classes two years ago.
With her mother and teacher's encouragement, she applied for the program.
"Around 20 students were selected to interview with a professor from MIT and we had to take a paper test as well," Jiang recalled.
She only wanted to have a try at first, however she succeeded at last.
After two years of hard work, Jiang achieved a score of 105 (out of 120) in TOEFL and 31 (out of 36 points) in ACT.
Coupled with passing three AP tests, Jiang has received offers from ten internationally recognized universities in the United States.
Of her choices, Jiang prefers Washington University and is also fighting for a full scholarship at Skidmore.
She already completed all the application work in January this year but she never rested. Instead, she chose to experience life while working at a Japanese restaurant during her winter vacation as she wanted to enhance her social and practical abilities.
After her vacation, she went back to school immediately and started to prepare for the 2018 College Entrance Examination.
"I am very afraid of being lax. Preparing for the college entrance examination gives me something to work hard for in my youth," she said.
Now, Jiang still gets up at 6am and doesn't get home until 11pm , but sometimes she also participates in training for self-defence.
"I want to develop my sporting abilities and learn to defend myself, because I have to go to the United States alone," Jiang said with a bright smile.
Prior to junior high school, her mother was very strict with her.
She had to get home before 8pm and could not play with mobile phones, computers or surf the Internet looking at entertainment and gossip websites.
"I complained to my mom when I was a child because she rarely let me out to play. I had few friends when I was younger."
"But after I entered high school, my mother suddenly became more relaxed. She was no longer so strict with me and became my good friend," Jiang said.
It is her mother's requirement that she has developed a habit of independent learning.
"I am very grateful to my parents for their 17 years of support. Being admitted to outstanding schools is not the greatest happiness for me, having such a warm home is," Jiang said with a happy smile on her face.
Jiang's mother said that she hopes her child can grow up in a relatively quiet environment and develop a non-impetuous character.
This lifestyle has also exerted a great influence on Jiang in her studies.
"Compared to her peers, she finds it easier to calm down when learning new things and she is also more patient," her mother said.
Her head teacher Chen Hua praised Jiang: "She is a hard-working student with a reasonable plan. She is almost always the first in the classroom every morning and the last to leave in the evening."
The school's Assistant Principal Huang Qihui said that Jiang is a disciplined child who has a strong sense of determination.
"She has her own understanding and idea and has been changing in the process of growing up. She has always kept reflecting while growing up, which is a valuable thing," he added.
(Source: cqwb.com.cn/ Translated and edited by Women of China)