Get to know Qian:
If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
I would use it to run around the lake near my house during the sunrise. I love the calm before the day, the fresh air, and the way the morning sunlight hits the water!
Describe one of the most meaningful experiences in your life.
During my college experience, I took a year to study abroad and traveled to over 25 countries across 4 continents. I had the opportunity to connect with people in parts of the world that I would never have met and learn about cultures that I would never have known about. Also through this experience, I gained a feeling of invincibility/fearlessness knowing that I can survive in any part of the world on my own.
Who is someone you especially admire and why?
My parents — when I was two years old, my mom came to the US on her own from China and by the time my dad and I joined her six years later, she was fluent in English, owned her own car, and had a down payment for a house. My dad worked two jobs throughout my childhood to make sure that we could have the life that we always wanted. Through their pursuit of the American dream, I found my inspiration to work hard to create the life I want.
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
Surfing, for sure! I would feel better paying the “sunshine tax” living in San Diego if I were able to surf.