Dr. Xuejing Lu presented a speech at her PhD graduation ceremony as the representative student
Dr. Xuejing Lu was invited to give a speech on behalf of all the graduates at the Macquarie University's graduation ceremony on Wednesday 26th April at 6pm. In her speech, she introduced her educational history, concluded her research feelings, thanked others help and finally encouraged all other students. In particular, chancellor praised her spirit of never give up.
Dr. Xuejing Lu reached a great achievement during her PhD study period, published several papers in the field of music perception and cognition, and presented her work at international conferences. More personal details about her please invite:
Now, let's congratulate her again and enjoy her speech.
Chancellor, members of the University, fellow graduates and distinguished guests, good evening.
It is a great honor to be here. In fact, I thought the invitation email was some kind of joke when I first received it, because the opportunity to speak in front of you feels so honorable that I never imagined I would be asked.
I was born and raised in China. Coming to Australia to complete my PhD was a big move for me, and the experience has broadened my perspective on the world.
I first chose to study psychology because of my strong curiosity about human behavior, and how these behaviors are linked to the working principles of our brain. Why do people act the way they do? And can we understand human behaviour by looking inside the brain?
Over time, I realized that, in trying to satisfy my curiosity for psychology, the path of discovering the truth is paved with many obstacles and challenges. People are not easy to understand. And neither is their brain!
So I often felt frustrated, and at times I even forgot about my original passion for understanding human behaviour. I lost my “compass” and at one point, I even thought of giving up.
Looking back, I now realize that all of these challenges and moments of self-doubt were just as important as my successes. They add meaning and significance to my initial choice. Everyone has moments of self-doubt. It is part of our journey, and part of what makes us human.
Each of us has a passion and a reason for choosing to study at Macquarie. But what ever our passion may be, we should always remember it well, because it represents our purest aspiration, a powerful force that drives us to progress along our journey to a fulfilling career. I believe it is an important reason why I am here today.
And of course, I also thank my teachers, mentors, friends and family, who supported me tirelessly, giving me strength, and reminding me why I was here.
But today, I would like to congratulate you: all the graduates and your families. Today marks the conclusion of a captivating chapter, and it unlocks a new journey ahead of us.
Throughout our lives, we should always remain curious and committed, and keep in mind the original passions that motivate our choices in life.
The future is not handed to us: it is something we must strive for and create for ourselves. Thank you.