Let me introduce myself: my name is Malvina Montini, I am 26 years old and I live in Greve in Chianti, in the province of Florence. Moli (in Chinese, 茉莉) is my Chinese name and means ‘jasmine flower’. It was given to me by a Chinese friend back in 2015.
In 2019, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Ca’ Foscari at the end of the double degree programme offered by the University in collaboration with Capital Normal University in Beijing. Winning the scholarship and accessing the double degree programme was an incredible opportunity, because it let me appreciate a university and daily life reality that are very different from the Italian one. During my two years in Beijing I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Chinese students and their families, people with whom I still maintain a strong friendship. These off-campus experiences made me appreciate cultural differences and understand customs and traditions that are very different from my own.
Although I was satisfied with my language studies, I decided to continue by changing subject area and started a Master’s degree in International Sciences (profile “China and Global Studies”) at the University of Turin. My choice was dictated by the conviction that in an increasingly specialised society, only an education that is as multidisciplinary as possible can guarantee a better future. I am currently doing my second double degree (unfortunately at a distance) between my university and Zhejiang University. I am part of the Strategic Communication team of “European Guanxi“, a newborn non-profit organisation formed by young scholars and experts on China, which aims to strengthen ties and mutual understanding between the European Union and China, as well as greater cooperation at global level. I am also an editor for “The Password“, the student newspaper of the University of Turin.
My journey has been far from easy and I am still far from reach most of my goals. What I have learned is that hard work always pays off. As the Chinese proverb in the Daodejing says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (千里之行，始於足下). We must never be afraid to take that step, no matter how difficult it is, no matter how far it takes us, no matter how difficult it will be. We must never stop, we must NEVER give up, and aim to achieve all our goals, even if they seem unattainable. I still have a long way to go, but the road I have travelled has really given me a lot of satisfaction!
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