It is never easy to make a self-introduction in an extraordinary way, even one is an extraordinary person. However I do not consider myself as an extraordinary person. Although, my experiences are not close to ordinary. I was born in a middle Asian city, on the ancient silk road, named Kashgar — Xinjiang, China. It is a city close to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. I lived there for my first 15 years and moved to Chongqing — where I should belong to, pursuing a better education environment — However my parents are still working in Kashgar, thus I visit them from time to time.
Now I consider myself as a city person. But before I moved to Chongqing in 2010, I did not have a complete impression on big cities or metropolises. I had some great moments in Chongqing along with my friends in high school, a few of them are quite heavy and they are kept deep within my heart. I stayed in Chongqing for 3 years, then I moved to Maynooth, Ireland for higher education all by myself — no grandparents, no aunties and uncles — that year I was 18.
People usually asked me about the cultural shock when I arrived in an European country for the first time, and my answer is always “Not much, just the sign Bus Éireann on the coaches and some signals on road that I cannot recognize — at that moment I thought I will face a lot of Gaelic phrases.” I am not surprised the macroscopic cultural differences but the microscopic parts, for instance how people greeting, chatting, and networking. This is the “cultural shock” to me, and also the reason of why I like Ireland.
In terms of information technologies and computer science, I started to learn relative knowledge when I was a kid. At that moment in China, we had Information Technology module since fourth year in primary school. I can still remember when we were learning basic Office operations and typing in Windows 98, in junior high school (equivalent to first 3 years of secondary school in Ireland) we have covered how to use Photoshop, Flash, and FrontPage (a Microsoft Office software that creates WYSIWYG webpages, deprecated after Office 2003). Since that very moment I started my little discovery on programming — I wrote scripts which ran on terminal and dug quite deep on Windows. Since I had a fistful spare time at that moment, I did a lot of those discoveries, which helped me to build a blurred view on Computer Science. Not too long after, I spent an overwhelming time on C and Visual Basic .NET in my high school (equivalent to last 3 years of secondary school in Ireland) which caused a drop of scores in other subjects — However I still obsessed to it, so I decided to study it in my university career here, in Ireland. After two and half years studying in Computer Science, my view is getting clear, but the industry is fast-growing and technologies are different from time to time, it is still very early to make any prediction on the shape of my career.
Linus Torvalds once said “Talk is cheap, show me the code”, this might be a creed of myself — programming ability and logic thinking are always critical in this industry and never getting outdated.