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Shenzhen high school student admitted to 12 top universities
    2017-05-03  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

While most of Xia Yufei’s schoolmates in Shenzhen Middle School are preparing for the coming National College Entrance Examination, the 18-year-old girl has been accepted to 12 of the world’s most prestigious universities including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Among the universities that Xia has been admitted to, New York University Abu Dhabi is among the most selective undergraduate universities in the world, with an enrollment rate even lower than Harvard and Yale. According to Xia, the university only enrolls 350 students each year from all over the globe and students can have opportunities to study in different countries each year.

“The university also finances students who conduct research. The fact that NYU Abu Dhabi is not as famous as the Ivy League is perhaps due to its low enrollment,” Xia said.

Xia was the first student from Shenzhen Middle School to be admitted to the M&T Program at the University of Pennsylvania which only accepts 40 to 50 students each year. She also broke the student record in Shenzhen for receiving the largest number of scholarships of which NYU Abu Dhabi offered a full scholarship of more than 2.1 million yuan (US$304,500) per year.

As a senior in high school, Xia was the head of three students’ societies and one of them was founded by Xia herself. She also won the first prize at the U.S. Invitational Young Physicists Tournament.

In Xia’s opinion, what the top universities value most is her personality and ideas. NYU Abu Dhabi invited her to participate in the “Weekends of Candidates,” which is deemed as a final school interview. The 500 participants from all over the world spoke 50 different languages. During the event, she made friends with most of the candidates, which was appreciated by the university.

During high school, Xia spent most of her time doing experiments and studying. Although she seems to have little involvement in business, Wharton School still offered her a place in their program. “Although I don’t often have extracurricular activities related to business, I have a brain for it,” Xia said.

In her personal statement to Wharton School, Xia mentioned that traditional Chinese medicine is largely undervalued because most people don’t believe in it, so she wants to establish a company that will promote traditional Chinese medicines to the world market.

(Yang Mei)

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