London Political Economy Chen Ruoyu: Where there is shadow, there will be light



The first time I met Senior Sister Chen Ruoyu was in the C Degree magazine she founded. In my impression, she is a calm and gentle person, and at the same time has a clear understanding and planning of learning, and arranges everything tightly. Article.

Therefore, when I learned that I was able to interview Chen Ruoyu, I was very much looking forward to and honored. Our interview involved her study, life and activities. Facts have proved that her experience and advice can be used as an excellent model for us to learn from.

Admission University: The London School of Economics and Political Science (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Admission Major: Mathematics with Economics

High school electives: (HL) English, economics, mathematics (SL) Chinese, physics, visual arts

EE: (Economy) To what extent do the 2017 laws passed by the Shanghai municipal government regarding bike sharing reduce the negative externalities Shanghai citizens experienced due to the oversupply of shared bikes?

As an IB student, activities are essential. Here is a list of Chen Ruoyu’s activities:

Public welfare category: Qianshan support teaching, Chengjia school teaching assistant, Mother's Day postcards (organizer)

Activities: Magazine official account update (organizer), two essay contests (organizer), speech contest (organizer), media agency interviews (planner), table tennis club competition

Off-campus: Harvard China-US Student Leadership Summit (HSYLC), Business Competition, MARS Finance Department internship, Zhengxingu's new consumer team internship

Q: Why do you do these activities? In organizing magazine activities, what are the topics that you pay attention to?

A: I organize and participate in school activities on the one hand to meet the requirements of CAS, on the other hand, I organize some activities out of interest. Participating in off-campus activities is mainly to learn more about majors and majors that you want to study in the future, and to accumulate some practice for applying.

At the beginning, the members will work on the same theme, such as childhood, food, and travel. After setting the theme, everyone will write their own articles. After a few issues, members who were not interested in the theme gradually lost their motivation to the magazine’s activities. Therefore, after some attempts, everyone will now discuss some hot, controversial and interesting topics that are currently discussed. Choose the topic you want to write about. When academic pressure is high, some members will choose two people to complete an article together.

Q: In the subsequent business competitions and financial internships, how do you think you have improved?

A: The internship in the Finance Department and the internship in the New Culture Investment Department are more meaningful to me, because during the internship, I learned about some positions and work content that matched my major and deepened my understanding of the industry. At the same time, I have gradually learned the knowledge, skills and improvement aspects that I need to master, so I will have more goals in my future study and life.

During the internship, my work was mainly to sort out reports, check data, conduct questionnaire surveys, and understand consumers in an industry. While working, I myself tried some applications and methods to improve efficiency, and I also learned about some national policies and industry developments.

Q: Who do you want to help when organizing CAS activities?

A: When organizing CAS activities, I don't think about who I want to help. Generally, I first feel and think about who may need a platform or help, and then organize appropriate CAS activities. For example, the organization of writing solicitation activities with schoolmates and Qianshan students is because during the teaching process, many children are very interested in writing, but there is no platform to display their works. Sometimes I will organize activities entirely out of my own interests. If this activity can also help some people at the same time, I will feel very lucky and very happy.

Q: What are the opportunities for your interest in the economy?

A: In the ninth grade, I have always heard from the seniors in the same dormitory that it is difficult. After the first year of high school, I think it is okay. When studying economics, I feel that this is the curriculum that is closest to daily life compared to high school physics and mathematics. In daily life, I can often connect the knowledge I have learned. I think this is quite interesting. There are also many opportunities to learn about the economy when discussing his work with my father.

Q: Which courses did you choose in IB? What is the topic of EE? Are there any advantages to these courses in the application

A: My HL chose English, economics, and mathematics; SL chose Chinese, physics and visual arts.

EE selected economic topics (details in the introduction section at the beginning)

My course selection just met the basic academic requirements of the major I applied for. The exploration in EE also gave me a deeper understanding of the major I will study.

Outside of school, Chen Ruoyu used his free time to read and photograph, recording life in his own way.

Q: What do you usually read outside class? How to accumulate extracurricular knowledge?

A: Normally, my extracurricular reading is very mixed, including economics, history, literature, fiction, philosophy, psychology, and some learning.

The content you read may be something that you suddenly find interesting and want to expand your knowledge. If you are particularly interested in a certain aspect, you will search for some books on Weibo, Xiaohongshu, and Baidu, and then choose one of your favorites and start reading.

Q: You usually like photography. Do you have any particular themes you want to express in your artistic creation?

A: In the visual art courses on campus, my art works are all around the theme of "home", because when I was in high school, I gradually felt the subtle influence of Chinese families on family members, and I found it amazing.

In photography, I don't have a theme that I want to express, I just want to record the people I like around me and the interesting things in the world. Sometimes I am delighted to capture interesting scenes when shooting on the street. I especially like light and shadow, because where there is light, there will be shadow. These two are things that cannot be touched. To me, they are very beautiful and beautiful things. Shooting light and shadow is also my goal in photography.

Q: In the past three years of high school, how do you think you have undergone a transformation? For example, mentality, learning? A: The change in my mentality is to be more calm and cheerful, and start to cherish time more. I will cherish the people at the moment and enjoy what I do at the moment. I hope I will not regret it in the future. I can feel that my vision and pattern have become broader, and I will no longer be entangled in some small things (except sometimes when I am naive with familiar people hahahaha).

Start to compete with yourself in learning, and the goal is to become a better version of yourself. After going through a lot of essays and exams, I will become a little bit Buddhist, but I often remind myself to work harder and work harder because I want to be a cool person in the future. Hehe.

Q: Have you ever encountered something difficult? How did you overcome it?

A: In high school, you will definitely feel a lot of academic pressure at a certain moment, but time will let these pressures pass. For me, it was a time when I was alone in my freshman year. At that time, I felt very small and helpless for the first time. Looking back now, I feel that it was the only time that was completely my own. I communicated with myself every day, listening to songs, reading books and so on. Gradually spent that time with the help of parents and teachers. I feel that I have grown up, and my mentality has become more mature and stronger. Now I can enjoy my time alone, adapt to the solitude of two people, and join the carnival of a group of people. I am very happy.

Q: What do you expect of yourself in the future? What do you want to do in the future?

A: I hope my future self will not regret anyone or anything. Become more interesting, but also more mature, brave, and kind. Become a cool person.

I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do in the future, and want to know more about it. Anyway, the world is so big, there must be something I like.

Q: What advice do you have for younger students?

A: Applying for college: You must go to school by yourself! ! ! ! Through the school visit, you can learn about the major you are interested in, the dream school you go to first, the direction of activities, the GPA standardization requirements, documents and so on. Choosing a major: (just my own thoughts) my hobbies have been changing, so when I chose a major, I combined my parents' opinions and some of my own fantasies about the future, and chose a field that I was better at and more interested in. Therefore, I suggest juniors and girls to consider what they are good at, those who are easy to find a job in the future, and those who have a promising future when choosing a major. But if what you are good at and what you like is a field, and you have always liked it, of course you can also choose what you like. So we still need to make a decision based on our own situation. But after you decide, don't regret it and believe that you can do well.

Course selection: On the one hand, what you like and excel at, on the other hand, you also need to consider the major you want to apply for in the future. You need to know whether some dream schools have requirements for the high school courses of students applying for this major.

Usual activities: Combining your own time and situation, the first choice is related to your future major, meets the CAS requirements, can exercise yourself, but also what you like and want to do.


 I used "where there is a shadow, there is light" as the title, and replaced it with Chen Ruoyu's sentence when she described her looking for light and shadow in her photography. I privately thought that the "shadow" here could represent the youthfulness and learning in school. The obstruction and all the difficulties in the process of growth. "Light" means that the elder sister has finally obtained amazing results through external help and self-improvement in the past three years.

 In the past and this interview, I have always been touched by Chen Ruoyu’s self-discipline and perseverance. No matter how the outside world changes, she always grows silently with an inner strength. She seems to have her own spiritual world. With a calm attitude, "respond to all changes with the same." In addition, her love of life is also what I yearn for. When I have free time during the holidays, Chen Ruoyu often runs around the world with a camera, recording the fine details with his eyes and lens.

May we all become self-disciplined, tenacious and enthusiastic people who embrace the world.


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