Six Ivy League schools, including Harvard, the son of a Chinese restaurant worker in Victoria, vie for competition

Zhang Jiahua has been admitted to six of the eight Ivy League universities. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

Many universities in the United States put on the list, VictoriaChineseJoshua Zhang, a high school studentivyAmong the league schools, he was admitted to six schools, which made his father, who works in a restaurant and only had a high school diploma, proud. He said that the company of parents and the learning environment are the key to cultivating children of high school students. In fact, 13 years ago, Zhang Jiahua’s sister, Joyce Zhang, was also competed by four Ivy League schools.

My sister was also admitted to 4 Ivy League schools at the same time

Zhang Jiahua’s father, Zhang Zhihong, said in an interview with this newspaper that when Zhang Hongjie was scrambled by Harvard, Yale and other prestigious schools many years ago, he attracted attention in the Victorian Chinese circle where they lived; Zhang Jiahua grew up under the shadow of his talented daughter and sister. With motivation and pressure, I hope that I can make everyone “respectable”, so I spare no effort in my homework.


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Zhang Jiahua has been admitted to six of the eight Ivy League universities. From the left in the picture are mother Sha Shujie, Zhang Jiahua and father Zhang Zhihong...
Zhang Jiahua has been admitted to six of the eight Ivy League universities. From the left in the picture are mother Sha Shujie, Zhang Jiahua and father Zhang Zhihong. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

Universities released their rankings a few days ago, and Zhang Jiahua was admitted to six Ivy League schools at the same time, including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Penn, etc. In addition, Northwestern University, Amherst College and Virginia Universities (UVA) and others also sent admission letters; many schools including Harvard offered full scholarships, free air tickets and accommodation, and invited him to visit the school.

Zhang Zhihong, who works in a restaurant, said that his family is quite ordinary, and his wife is very attentive to take care of his son, who is many years younger than his daughter.Zhang Zhihong said that he didn’t like reading since he was a child. He only had a high school diploma, and he didn’t know the importance of learning until after work.educatetook care of and accompany him to study along the way, “I remember that my son was in the pre-school class, and the books were packed with toys. When I went to school, I had friends and had fun. After I liked this environment, I naturally began to like reading and going to school.”

In addition to reading, Zhang Jiahua is also very active in extracurricular activities.  (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)
In addition to reading, Zhang Jiahua is also very active in extracurricular activities. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

Cultivate your interest in reading and read a book before going to bed

In addition, it is also very important to develop good habits and interests. Zhang Jiahua will read storybooks every day before going to bed, which has cultivated his interest in reading. He has also actively participated in extracurricular activities since childhood, such as sports, music or social activities. He is very active and very popular.

During Zhang Jiahua’s study, his mother, Sha Shujie, emphasized that you should not compare yourself, but that you should compare yourself to yourself; Zhang Zhihong jokingly said, “My wife always tells her son that no matter how well he studies, he is the best son, and he doesn’t need to compare with his sister. Sister or anyone else.” Fortunately, my son recognized his goals since he was a child, and worked very hard.

Chinese parents have attached great importance to their children’s education since childhood, but Zhang Zhihong said that the process of “accompanying” is difficult, but it will affect the future development of children. He said that because many Chinese families are too busy with work, parents do not begin to discipline their children until their children are in middle and high school. Comparing their children with others, “If you can’t help them grow up with self-discipline at the beginning, wait until they go wrong. Point and point, the results may be different.”

Regarding his son’s future, Zhang Zhihong said that his wishes are very simple. It doesn’t matter how much he earns or how much he earns. He hopes that Zhang Jiahua will learn to be a man and do things in college and in the days to come. “The rest is to be happy and healthy, not for life and family. It’s good to be troubled.” For example, Zhang Zhihong said that his eldest daughter is currently working on Wall Street after graduating, and it is very hard. He doesn’t ask his children to be rich and wealthy, as long as the children like and be happy, the most important thing is.

In addition to reading, Zhang Jiahua is also very active in extracurricular activities.  (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)
In addition to reading, Zhang Jiahua is also very active in extracurricular activities. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

Zhang Jiahua (right) took a photo with his sister Zhang Hongjie, who was admitted to Harvard University 13 years ago.  (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)
Zhang Jiahua (right) took a photo with his sister Zhang Hongjie, who was admitted to Harvard University 13 years ago. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

Sha Shujie (right) has attached great importance to children's education since he was a child, and accompanied Zhang Jiahua all the way during his studies.  (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)
Sha Shujie (right) has attached great importance to children’s education since he was a child, and accompanied Zhang Jiahua all the way during his studies. (Provided by Zhang Zhihong)

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