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By Xing Yi and Li You | China Daily | Updated: 2017-04-19 07:31

Power of passion

Chinese born after '95 are unlike their parents in that they select majors based on interest.

That's why 21-year-old Wang Zeping chose traditional Chinese medicine.

"I like traditional Chinese culture, and TCM is part of it," the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine student says.

"Some relatives and neighbors thought TCM isn't a good choice for me. But my parents have let me make my own decisions since childhood."

The Heilongjiang province native wanted to become a doctor when he was in high school.

He's the president of Qihuang Volunteers, a collegiate society of medical students.

The group visits Beijing universities and neighborhoods to offer free health checks and massage therapy on weekends. They also promote TCM awareness.

"Being a doctor requires a selfless, empathetic and volunteering spirit," he says.

He has visited every university in the city but two since he joined three years ago.

Peers steer

Many youth like 19-year-old Liu Mingwan develop their interests after entering university.

The Sichuan native didn't have any hobbies until she enrolled in Beijing's University of International Business and Economics to study insurance.

Her roommates watch anime. One draws.

She roller-skates-an activity she started after joining a student club last year.

During the recent Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, Liu and friends took the subway to Beijing's northernmost suburb and skated several kilometers to the Ming Tombs, the final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperors.

"I enjoy being with like-minded people," Liu says.

"It's interesting to chat."

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