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My name is Dan. I’m from Somalia. I’m now a doctor of Journalism and Communication in Zhejiang University. I have had a dream since I was a teenager. I wanted to study abroad after graduating from high school, graduate from university at 22, get my master's degree at 25 and become a doctor at 28. My ideal life is, to be an influential culture envoy worldwide and help more women from Arabia and Africa to get an education.

I came to Hangzhou, China in the autumn of 2005. At that time, I was dazzled by the broad and profound Chinese culture. I was deeply attracted to the dreamy and picturesque landscape here. I fell in love with West Lake, which is "always charming with either light or heavy make-up", with the poems of Bai Juyi and Su Dongpo, and even more with Hangzhou people who speak with a soft dialect. The first year here, I began to acquire knowledge with great eagerness. In just two semesters, I completed three years of Chinese language courses, and successfully passed the level 5 of the HSK Chinese proficiency test.

In September 2006, I began my undergraduate life in Zhejiang Normal University. I was a little concerned about my Chinese at the beginning, so every day after class I would go to the library to review sections, listen again to recorded courses, and copy notes. Through unremitting efforts, I completed four years of undergraduate studies in three years, and became the first overseas graduate graduating a year early at Zhejiang Normal University. After graduation, I got a Confucius College Scholarship, and began the following two years of a Master of International Education program. After that, I won a Chinese Government Scholarship and began studying for my doctorate degree at Zhejiang University.

I am certainly not a bookworm. I participate in many contests in my spare time. In August 2010, I participated in the third session of “Chinese Bridge” held by CCTV and won the silver award. In October 2013, I participated in the speech contest themed "My Chinese Dream", held by Zhejiang Education Department, and won the first prize.

In addition, because of my love of languages and translation, I also participated in many learning and practice activities during my studying period of earning my doctorate degree. I worked as a distinguished translator and counselor of the Africa Research Institute and China-Africa Business School of Zhejiang Normal University, during which time I assisted them to complete many projects, and received ambassadors and representatives from many countries. Moreover, in 2011, I participated in the second session of China-Arabia Economic and Trade Forum - Radio and Television Cooperation Forum held in Ningxia as a translator. Due to my excellent performance, I received an invitation from Al Jazeera for a half-year internship at their Qatar headquarters in 2013. During the internship, I had the honor to meet the President of Somali, Hassan Sheikh Mohamuds, and interview him.

I intend to engage in the work of China-Africa and China-Arab cultural exchanges after my graduation. I hope to introduce excellent literary and fine art works of Africa and Arab countries to China, and China’s 5000 years of cultural brilliance to Africa and Arab countries, allowing more Arabs, Africans and Chinese to cross the language barrier and get to know different cultures and their subtle connotations.

Socrates once said, “the happiest thing in the world is to fight for your ideals.” The past ten years have been the happiest in my life. I devoted my youth completely to the ideal of acquiring knowledge, and got incalculable rewards. I especially appreciate Mr. Li Kaifu’s words, when he said: "Lead your life with a dream. Lead your life with gratitude, and a sincere and helping attitude. Lead your life with persistence, fearlessness and an optimistic attitude." Thanks for the cultivation of Yangzhou University, Zhejiang Normal University and Zhejiang University, and thanks for the help of CSC. I hope my dream can come true in the near future!