Build a dream and sail through the wind and waves
by ZHANG Yiyang
Joint Program of Plant Science and Technology, Cohort 2023
Dear leaders, teachers and schoolmates:
I am Zhang Yiyang from Class 1 of the Plant Science and Technology major of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology in 2023. It is my great honor to stand here today and speak as a representative of the freshmen.
Time flies, the years flow by. Looking back on the past 18 years, we have fought and fought for our ideals on the battlefield of the college entrance examination, writing the next segment for our brave youth. Looking forward to the road ahead, with infinite longing for our future life and the earnest instructions of our loved ones, we have enthusiastically knocked on the door of Southwest University in order to continue writing a touching chapter on this new journey and starting point.
“To care about agriculture, rural areas and farmers, and stand upright’’ is the purpose of our college. "A strong country must first strengthen its agriculture, and only by strong agriculture can the country be strong." We know that building an agricultural power is a desirable picture of "three farmers" in the blueprint of modernization of a big country, and it is a clarion call of The Times that urges people to forge ahead on the land of ancient China. Deeply influenced and inspired by the older generation of agronomists such as Yuan Longping, we come from all over the world，with the love of agronomy and botany, with the feelings and responsibilities of learning agriculture, loving agriculture, knowing agriculture, strengthening agriculture and promoting agriculture, jointly choose the major of plant science and technology.
Different from other majors under the College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, our major was jointly established with Missouri State University in the United States, aiming to serve the national strategy of opening to the outside world and cultivate a new generation talent in the field of Plant Science and Technology with a broad international perspective. One-to-one academic tutor system, bilingual and full English teaching and rich scientific research training provide us with superior learning resources and conditions. In the past years, some outstanding seniors of Plant Science major have won national and school-level scholarships. They have been featured in well-known domestic and foreign journals, various innovations, and entrepreneurship projects for college students and so on. This is a good example set by the senior students of the plant science major. As new student in the field, we should learn from their valuable experience, make full use of the domestic and international educational resources provided by the school, make a good plan for our own development, comprehensively exercise and improve our abilities in all aspects, and achieve our expected goals.
Everything in the past is a prologue. In the past, we sweated profusely on the road of seeking knowledge, cut through thorns and walked through thousands of rivers and mountains, and now, we still need to trek through mountains and rivers to carry on and open up the future. Here, we will strive to write a brilliant new chapter in our lives.
"Don’t stop chasing the wind and the moon. There are spring mountains everywhere. "Dear schoolmates, we are now in the most beautiful stage of life, we must not only learn to look up at the stars, but also study hard and keep growing. We should make full use of the learning resources provided by schools and colleges, earnestly learn professional knowledge, master professional skills, seize the opportunity to participate in social practice, and improve our language ability, cultivate an international perspective at the same time, to prepare for future study abroad or further education.
We come from all over the world and meet because of a common choice. And we believe that the bright road of the future will slowly unfold under our feet. Today we walk into the gate of Southwest University together, where there are excellent teachers, leaders, and enthusiastic seniors, we must keep the school motto in mind, be determined to become talents, and win glory for the school!
Finally, it is a great pleasure to get acquainted with all of you in the major of plant Science and technology at Southwest University, and spend the next four years together. Wishing all of us would gain joy and dreams in the future study and life, and meet better ourselves at Southwest University!
Thank you all!