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[Hunan Daily] Chen Xiaohong: the university does not cultivate "parasites" and "weak-kneed" persons

2019-02-25 08:29:03

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News from Hunan Daily Client on Sep. 18 (journalist: Yu Rong) On the 17th, HNUC held a Grand Opening Ceremony for 2018 Freshmen. President Chen Xiaohong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering delivered a speech titled "Striving To Be Better" at the opening ceremony. She reminded students not to be "self-centered", to avoid "weary plaything" and prevent "self-mediocrity", and encouraged students to be diligent and thoughtful seekers, owners of the beauty of life, and generalists of integrated innovation. She also pointed out that the university does not cultivate "parasites" and "weak-kneed" persons, and that young college students should devote themselves to improving the world and contributing to the country. The summary is as follows:

Dear students:

Today, we hold a Grand Opening Ceremony for 2018 Freshmen here. In the face of you, I have a feeling of facing the sea with spring blossoms. In addition to positive incentives, I would like to remind you of the temptations and dangers facing in the process of growing up, causing constant vigilance and reflection. For example: Have you ever heard the expression of "uselessness of getting schooling" or complaining? Have you wavered when seeing some stars in the entertainment circle live a luxury and dissipation life, many "online celebrities" hype themselves without a bottom line, people who read less make a fortune, drive luxury car, live in villa, and even live more unrestrained? Do you take ignorance as your personality and no culture as your true temperament? Will you let your three values lose to the five features of many online celebrities?

Boys and girls, in addition to this risk, I would like to remind you of another three risks:

The first one is the danger of becoming "self-centered". That is, seeing things, doing things and getting along with people from their own understanding, feelings and will, having a weak sense of social responsibility and lacking the spirit of the undertaking and contribution; Having a weak consciousness of transposition, narrow field of vision and pattern, and even self-reclusive; Standing still and becoming self-content in the study of knowledge not open-minded or all-embracing.

The second one is the danger of becoming "weary plaything". The joy that keeps people going has not been replicated and disseminated on a large scale and at a low cost as it is today. With the satisfaction of the short-term pleasure, becoming fans of entertainment stars, watching soap operas, and becoming addicted to the smart phones and computer games is unconsciously stealing your time, draining your willpower and destroying your upward momentum.

The third one is the danger of falling into "self-mediocrity". Many people think they are ordinary, so they are willing to be mediocre. Faced with life, problems and difficulties, they are casual, passive and perfunctory; Facing themselves, they are always self-contempt and give themselves up; Facing the future, the life has just begun, and they began to bow to the so-called "fate" and lie in the comfort zone in front of them, not thinking about making progress or doing nothing.

Boys and girls, you can be better in HNUC, and becoming the pillars of society is the biggest momentum of HNUC, the most attractive place, and will also be the most moving story of HNUC. How to be better? I would like to talk about some hopes.

First of all, I hope that you can cultivate better yourself in love learning and be diligent and thoughtful seekers.

Ancient said that "the person who does not read for a day finds his face detestable". The times are moving forward quickly, and learning is the way we catch up, adapt to and even lead the times. In addition to learning from books, we should also learn from practice and life, as well as excellent persons, emulate those better than ourselves, see the bad and introspect ourselves when seeing those worse than us, constantly challenge and enrich ourselves in learning, and acquire the ability of "doing what we cannot do". Please remember that learning will make you "value-added" all the time! May you take reading as your belief and become confident, unhurried, elegant, noble and notable through reading and learning in HNUC!

Next, I hope that you can shape yourself better in self-cultivation and be the owner of the beauty of life.

Lin Qingxuan wrote in the Makeup of Life that: The third-class makeup is the makeup on the face; the second-class makeup is the makeup of spirit; the first-class makeup is the makeup of life. To become the first-class owners of the beauty of life, we must refine ourselves, cultivate morality and cultivate energy. I hope that through self-cultivation, you can become people with both moral and ability, people with sound personality, lofty demeanor, distinguished sentiment, elegant temperament, and people who dare to challenge and introspect, to become the first-class owners of the beauty of life; 

Finally, I hope that you can be better in the process of integration and innovation, and become generalists of integrated innovation.

The era of Internet+, mobile internet, big data and cloud computing is coming. The integration of science and technology, as well as the integration of different technologies have produced lots of disruptive technologies; the integration of science and humanity has promoted the free and comprehensive development of human beings; the integration of different cultures has promoted the exchange and learning between countries and nations. Nowadays, the world needs us to catch up in the process of integration and innovation, and strive for China to become the world's most powerful country in science and technology!

Boys and girls, going to college does not mean once and for all. Life is very precious. Do not waste time. HNUC does not cultivate "parasites" and "weak-kneed" persons. Students graduated from HNUC are strong men, strong-kneed persons, innovators, and doers. I hope you will integrate the school motto of "Sincere and Faithful, Realistic and Innovative" with the school spirit of "Great Virtue, Erudition, Earnest Practice and Self-improvement" to your blood, devote yourself to improving the world, contributing to the country, and building the future we expect. All of you will become better yourself!

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