Mingde College Huaqin Art: There is no unique solution in environmental art


    As a reporter for a media agency, I am honored to interview Hua Qinyi this time. Before the interview, I happened to see on the school’s official website that a girl from our school was admitted to the environmental art major of Mingde College in ED. At that time, I thought that she could choose the liberal arts college, which is a relatively “road with few people”, which shows that she does not follow the trend and has her own personality. idea. Moreover, I felt that the high school experience of Hua was closely related to environmental art, indicating that her long-term interests and goals were very clear.

    How does she understand herself? What made her be who she is today? I have always been curious about this, so I secretly wanted to be able to communicate with her and interviews should be very interesting.


Graduate information

Admission University: Middlebury College (Mingde College)

Admission Major: Environmental Art

High school elective courses: English HL/Mathematics HL/Chemistry HL/Visual Arts SL/Chinese SL/Environmental Science SL

EE (Monograph): Different applications of the concept of "entropy" in Land art and Eco art.

Interests: mostly related to art. I like painting, photography, and usually watch some musicals and literary works.

Societies: Drama Club, Huanyi Club

Self-Generalization: Perfectionism, Revolving Mentality 

Interview content

Question: Why did you choose a relatively small liberal arts college like Mingde?

Hua: One reason for choosing liberal arts is that the classrooms are small, with more than a dozen people in one class. Unlike some universities, where there are two or three hundred people in large classes, it is a more tolerant environment.

Second, the relationship between classmates and professors is relatively close. I prefer a quiet environment where I don’t need to face many different people every day.

Question: Why is art as a non-verbal form of expression attractive to you?

Hua: I have liked quiet and effortless activities since I was a child. I have also learned Chinese painting gouache and so on. I have some basics, so I have always liked painting. In addition, I may not be good at writing, so I always tend to use drawing when I want to express or record things.

There are similar reasons for choosing art as one of the six ib courses: I hope to learn a subject without a "unique solution" or even a "local optimal solution" to satisfy my desire for expression.

Question: What do you like to express? How can art (painting, photography) become your entertainment method after studying?

Hua: I saw a flower, a grass, and a beam of light on the road, and I thought it was beautiful, so I wanted to record it, or I thought of an interesting composition or concept when I read a book or watched a play. The main function is to record life.

Sometimes I also create obscure pictures to express some themes, and the effect that the benevolent sees the benevolent and the wise sees the wisdom, which is pretty good. In addition, the love of photography is mainly to record some aesthetic things in life, good-looking, like, then this moment must be recorded.

Question: Do you usually like to draw ancient figures? Why do you like traditional elements?

Hua: The love for traditional elements has been from the beginning of painting Chinese painting and reading, but the one and a half month staying in NYU summer school in the summer of 18 made me urgently need something classical, traditional, interesting and only native speakers can feel. Things, so I picked up the relevant Chinese expressions.

Q: Why pay attention to environmental issues?

Hua: Environment is one of the major majors in my university. The origin of interest is mainly because middle and high schools are good at this kind of more comprehensive and somewhat humanistic subjects, so I decided to learn.

I watched "Under the Dome" for the first time when I was in the second year of junior high. It was the first time I had a direct encounter with the domestic pollution problem. I was really shocked. I didn't expect that the damage to the environment by humans would be so severe.

Question: Did you encounter a difficult thing in high school? How did you overcome it at that time?

Hua: At that time, I flew to the United States to take the SAT test during the summer vacation, and I encountered a set of extremely difficult papers. The test was very poor. I thought about the test results and stopped taking the test. I was still not reconciled when I saw the scores. I took the exam again this month. It was almost a temporary adjustment of the plan, so the registration (the exam seats were full and I was forced to sign up for the waitlist and flew to Malaysia to take the exam at the risk of not being able to take the exam) and the review were very hasty, and I brushed the questions for my self-study almost every night. It also shortened the time originally planned for writing the main essay to free up time for sat to review. The final result was quite satisfactory. In October 2019, both the Asia-Pacific questions and the curve were friendly, and the score was 1500.

Question: What advice do you have for younger students?

Hua: First of all, time management must be done well, whether it is short-term or the entire IB timeline. In my experience, if you want to take a better school, you need to speed up the pace appropriately, because the IB has not only short-term assignments but also long-term assignments. Don’t be forced to face the work of Chengshan until the end, otherwise the quality of the assignments completed hastily It will not be too high.

Second, when making choices, try to follow your own interests, especially the first and second grades. After all, there is no choice in the third grade. Don't use the simple criterion of "this thing is helpful/not helpful to my application". Utilitarianism is not at fault, but the result of pure utilitarianism may be lack of motivation to persist or lack of understanding of oneself.

Third, school research is very important. Everyone needs to be clear about their preferences for the school, (eg: is it a village or a city, LAC or a big U, professional specific or wide-ranging interests, do you want to exchange abroad, how many Chinese students are on campus, school pride and sense of belonging to the campus are not important etc. .), this can help rule out many schools that you don’t want to go to, and you won’t end up with a situation where you’ve registered for a school but don’t want to go at all. It can also improve and apply for a school’s fit level. Finding an unpopular school may even have an early stage Advantage. My ED school, Middlebury, is relatively unpopular with ED (early application), but RD (regular application) is a very popular school. The offer is inseparable from school selection.


    During the communication with classmate Hua, I suddenly thought of a dialogue about "Thirteen Invitations". In an interview with Wang Xiaochuan (Tsinghua Computer Science Bachelor) Xu Zhiyuan asked, are you being influenced by a kind of "too correct"? Wang Xiaochuan said, I always go for the best one, the municipal champion and the Olympic champion, but I can't find myself for a long time and don't know what I want.

    Traditional school education seems to always allow us to pursue a "correct answer" and "best way", but is it at the cost of losing part of the "self-knowledge"? As for classmate Hua, I saw a clear and clear rejection of the "most correct" and an exploratory spirit of finding a "path that suits me" instead. I look forward to this girl who cares about art and the environment and looks back on the beauty of tradition to continue on this road of exploration.


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