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She is an associate professor of the University of Science and Technology, had 22 years old to read the doctorate, 26 years old when the doctoral director, because too good so far single

While marveling at Fang Lu's success, don't overlook the above-average effort she has put in. While taking her as a role model, you can also learn to persevere in doing a good job.

By 肖湾Published about a year ago 5 min read
She is an associate professor of the University of Science and Technology, had 22 years old to read the doctorate, 26 years old when the doctoral director, because too good so far single
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From childhood to adulthood, I believe you will always have the helplessness of being forced to compare yourself with "other people's children". But we have to admit that these "other kids" are really surprisingly good. In this article, I want to introduce this, is a proper "other people's children".

Her name is Fang Lu, born in 1986 in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province, and has worked as an associate professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute. If you just look at the title and experience, it's probably hard to associate it with a young girl who is quiet and only in her early thirties. But in fact, she has been an associate professor for some years when she was in her early 30s, and her status was already a doctoral supervisor when she was 26. Fang Lu's experience can be said to be one that cannot be replicated by ordinary people. Fang Lu completed her studies at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2007 and graduated successfully. Because of her outstanding research achievements, she was not only accepted by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, but also applied for a full scholarship. In August 2008, at the age of 24, Fang Lu embarked on a visiting trip to Northwestern University in the United States. A student of her age would normally still be studying for a master's degree. Behind the success, there is always a lot of hard work and sweat, and Fang Lu was no exception. The visit is not as smooth as one might expect. Usually, visitors are required to leave the results of their visit at a point in time of six months or a year, and the most common form of this result is a thesis.

However, four months had passed, and after the one-month countdown of the visit, Fang Lu's co-authored paper was still not available, which made her at a loss. This is certainly not the first time she has encountered such a problem. Learning is tedious, and she has lost track of how many nights she has stayed up late to catch up on her dissertation. She said that she once slept only four hours a day for a month for her dissertation. During her doctoral studies, she also worked intensely every day for the sake of scientific research results and spent almost all her time in the lab except for eating and sleeping. She recalls that during this period, she worked more than fifteen hours a day for nearly two months. If not for her physical fitness and love for her work, no one would have survived this hellish life.

In fact, Fang Lu did not reveal her superior learning ability since she was a child. On the contrary, her learning journey in her youth was not very smooth. She was very playful in elementary school, but her grades were good because of the easy homework in elementary school. After entering middle school, as the curriculum increased and became more difficult, she, who was still playful, experienced a significant decline in her studies. So, that placement test in middle school, she failed in both major subjects of language and English. This was the time that ushered in a turning point in her life. After the class teacher learned of her placement results, she was specifically asked to talk to her, and after telling her that the situation was serious and that she only had a year and a half to prepare for the midterm exams, she also gave the harsh words that she would not care about her if she continued like this. This made Fang Lu, who had always been a strong person, feel a little unconvinced, so she got serious. After carefully analyzing her strengths and weaknesses, she decided to make up for her shortcomings.

In the first semester, she started with language, and after a semester of continuous efforts, she finally stabilized her performance in the middle of the class. The next semester, she focused on English again, and with her strengths in math, she finally, at the end of the semester, ascended to the top of her grade. Not once did she fall from the top spot in her studies after that. As she entered high school, her enthusiasm for learning only grew. She made it all the way to the University of Science and Technology of China at the age of seventeen, where she was admitted with honors. This move also laid a solid foundation for her later master's and doctoral degrees. After receiving her PhD, she became known as the youngest female doctor and became a role model for millions of people struggling on the academic path. But, she did not let herself stop there. After her PhD, she received the titles of associate professor and doctoral supervisor, leading a group of people who also love the field and continue to tackle academic problems. However, according to her, she also has her own troubles, because it is really too good, so many people of the opposite sex are discouraged from pursuing. The author dares to speculate a bit, I wonder if this is considered a happy trouble.

The fact is, her efforts are hard to replicate. People always see the joy of success, but few people can see through the success and focus on the effort behind getting it. The road to success is always long and lonely, and few people can persist in this road to the end. On this road, there are too many temptations and bifurcations, whether it is the entertainment and pastime brought by the cell phone, or going with the flow due to the dull abandonment of perseverance, are enough to make you interrupt what you are insisting on.

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