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Jie Zhang

Graduate student in Materials Science & Engineering Department

B.S. in chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Since I come here, I fall in love with two things: experiment and cooking. Experiment was something that I don’t like so much in the past. So was cooking. Frankly, I have no idea how this happened, but I accept these changes as a normal stage of growth. Change is the law of life. No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

My philosophy about life is to love where I am, what I have, instead of always wanting more. That’s the key to happiness. You may think this is so random or aimless, but everything in this world is probabilistic, determined by quantum physics, if that’s really the case. What we can control is only what is in our hands, so we’d better appreciate what we have.

I’m always thinking about the balance of life and science. Science is definitely part of life, and it makes us enjoy our life better. It helps me to solve many problems in the daily life when I know more about how nature works; it is fun to name the dessert my friend made as “Janus Strawberry”; there is one kind of jokes only scientists can understand and enjoy. However, I also agree that science is not omnipotent so we need something else in our life, like music, literature and whatever you like. The immediate and ultimate goal of science is to make our life better, not miserable, so if there is any time that science makes us feel tired or depressed, then maybe we are in a wrong way.

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