Xiao Jianpeng is from Neijiang, Sichuan Province, and was a Law undergraduate in the 2016 class, obtaining his Bachelor of Law degree in 2018. In August of 2010, after graduating from high school, he enrolled in the military, was given the rank of sergeant, and named boat-navigation squad leader for the Hong Kong garrison. He participated in a series of military exercises, including the first trial voyage of the warship Liaoning, protection of the Xiangjiang River, and joint sea–and-air search-and-rescue. He was named "excellent shooter", "model trainee" and "excellent sergeant".

In 2013, after graduating from a higher vocational college in Hubei Province, I came to Wuhan alone, longing for a better life, and with an unlimited vision of my future. When I first arrived, everything here excited me. I fell in love with this city, and decided to settle down and make my life here. Renting an apartment and finding a job kept me very busy, but I was happy, and filled with a sense of achievement and seemingly inexhaustible energy.

I am a graduate of the Jimo School of the Qingdao branch of the Open University of China (OUC). The OUC has been a milestone on the road of my life and has left me with unforgettable memories.

I remember a philosopher once said that the goddess of fortune and prosperity does not give gifts, she gives opportunities. I never imagined I would have the chance to receive degree education after more than 10 years of work. When I signed up to study at the OUC, I was excited to have such a good opportunity for further study.

I was born in beautiful Yanji, the capital city of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. I loved learning from an early age, finding it easy to learn maths, as well as the Hundred Family Names and the Three Character Classic. I always ranked top of the class at school and my father proudly collected my certificates of honour.

I am a primary-school teacher and a student at the Handan Radio and Television University (Handan RTVU). Before enrolling there, I had been working as a teacher, following my dream. But after starting work, I found that my training was insufficient. As General Secretary Xi Jinping has said, “A dream starts with learning, and a career with practice. These days, what we need to know changes rapidly, and slacking off means falling behind.

What is happiness? Older people say happiness is memories of childhood. Children say happiness is playing during the holidays. Traveler say happiness is returning home. Everyone has a different definition of happiness, but we are all in pursuit of it.

For five years, since junior college, I was studying at the Zhaoqing affiliated school at the Guangdong branch of the Open University of China (OUC). I am from the countryside, and started to work at 18 after graduating from technical secondary school.

I work at the Hebei Branch of China Construction Bank. I am very grateful to have been given this chance to meet all of you.

In 2015, when I was 45 years old, and out of school for 22 years, I enrolled at the OUC as a Chinese Language and Literature major. Many people had questions for me. One colleague said, “You already have an accounting certificate and an undergraduate diploma. You have a good job with a decent income, and you're old. Why bother studying Chinese Language and Literature?” And a friend wondered, “How can you focus on learning when you have your parents and children to take care of, not to mention your work?”

I have a good mother. But she is not only my mother; she is also a classmate. Due to my low educational level, I was repeatedly turned down by employers, and felt helpless and hopeless about my future. Then my mother heard of the "One College Student per Village" programme offered by the OUC, which aims to cultivate technical and management personnel who are "willing to stay and be helpful with the work" of rural areas. I thought this programme would suit me well as a “probationary village official". My mother, with little education herself, encouraged me to go to the OUC for further studies, and was also eager to be admitted to it to improve herself.