Source:Global Times Published: 2018/12/18 18:48:39

Don't judge a school by its buildings

I discovered the Hebei Academy of Fine Art via social media just like many Chinese netizens do. Through a short video shot by an internet celebrity nicknamed "Shilifen," I first saw this so called "Eastern Hogwarts School." It is really astonishing to even see in the video - castles stand up tall to the sky, a British-style bridge sits across the campus lake, and world-famous paintings hang on the walls of the dormitory corridor. It's hard to imagine how much effort it took to build such a "magical" school (A visit to the 'Chinese Hogwarts', December 13).

After knowing that building these castles is out of consideration to attract more students as well as offer better career opportunities for undergraduates, I slightly admire the president and his ambition. An educator myself, I know running a private school is not an easy thing, especially in aspects like funding, recruiting students and employment. Typically, people have an impression that students from private universities or colleges in China are not good students. They just want a diploma and a job. But it's not true. Many students from private colleges are also hardworking and professional in their majors.

As far as I know, many of the buildings and sculptures in the campus are designed and carved by students from the Hebei Academy of Fine Art, and in March, they also held a Chinese calligraphy exhibition in the China Academy of Art. These achievements should not be underestimated.

Wang Xin, by email

Millennials want more

Recently, my company recruited a new graduate who was born in 1996. Looking at her glittery resume, we cannot wait to see her in the office. However, after a week, HR told us that she quit. "Well, she said she doesn't like working overtime, and she wants a more relaxing working environment and more afternoon tea." That's the first time I realized that one can quit a job because of afternoon tea, and I have to admit that this might be the difference between my generation and the millennials - they want more than a good salary from a job (The whole package, December 12).

Born with silver spoons in their mouths, many millennials, especially those living in metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai, don't need to worry about a material life. Instead, they have more demand for private time and space at work and want to be different. Their strong personality sometimes may benefit them at work, but in my opinion, many of them are still immature. Their so-called "being themselves" is usually an excuse for being responsible.

Alice Wang, by email


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