【2020年毕业系列】纳米后浪 - 博士版本
剧本台词: 王华艺 (2020届毕业博士生)
视频剪辑: 李宪磊 (2020届毕业博士生)
视频配音: 宋甘霖 (2020届毕业硕士生)
纳米后浪 - 博士版本
The Waves Behind – a salute to PhD students
Those who keep saying ‘each generation of PhD students is worse than the last’,
should look at you in the way that I do.
The way I see you, with pure envy.
Over thousands of years, mankind accumulated so many problems, prepared for you like a present.
Energy, medicine, materials……
Thousands of PhD students devote themselves to driving progress in these fields, a tiny little step a time.
Many of them
became interested in science at 5, joined the NCNST at 20, and are free of confusion at only 25.
They know they are mere mortals, insignificant beings,
toiling away like bricklayers.
Your research project is your life.
What you have is the right we could only dream of,
the right to choose where to be a post-doc, and how many post-doctoral fellowships you want.
You are lucky to find the science community as we know it.
but the science community is even more fortunate to have members like you.
I look at all of you, with the utmost respect.
I respect your grit.
When your research is going nowhere, you have to weather through lonely, uncertain, bleak times,
feeling sorry for yourselves when your peers are already married and have started a career.
At 3 am, the Baofusi Bridge does not believe in tears.
You trade your hairlines for the ability to use Confocol freely in the small hours.
I respect your confidence.
Like the elevators at the Research Building that take forever to arrive, suitable jobs are so hard to come by.
Only weak firms would reject resumés of female PhDs who are no longer as young as they once were.
Strong employers are never mean with tenure or holidays.
I respect your courage.
The ignoble are unscrupulous, while the righteous are principled and persevering.
They won’t quit until they have tried all options.
Young people are better at dealing with snubs and pressure from competition.
Someday you’ll finally realize that doing a PhD is like embarking on a lonely adventure.
Those who keep saying ‘each generation of PhD candidates is worse than the last’, should look at you,
in the way that I do. I look at you with sheer gratitude.
You give the world more confidence in the power of education,
You rejoice at the arrival of an acceptance letter after getting repeated rejections.
You get affirmation and encouragement from your advisers as you gradually make progress.
You enjoy the exhilaration from a successful experiment after so many failures.
You smile when you pass your thesis defense, as professors and friends applaud your perseverance.
Cheap happiness is not valuable.
You’ll find true happiness after reaching the destination of an Odyssean quest.
In this adventure, you grow stronger over the years.
The scars you bear and the tears you shed are your medals of honor.
The ginkgoes at Beiyitiao, the snow at the Hall of Science, and the peonies that bloom every year.
Your very presence gives meaning to beauty of these things.
Major progress in science and technology, miracles of nano science, and the development of 5G.
Your very existence makes the country more assertive at the negotiating table.
You have fire in your hearts, and light in your eyes.
People of our generation could hardly imagine what your future will be like.
But if you still need a word to the wise,
well then, forge ahead!
We are in the midst of the same raging river.