Cui Min | Doktorandin, Professur für Sport- und Gesundheitspädagogik

"Adolescence is a unique period where many pressures and challenges, as well as possibilities and potentials dwell in, while being just out of childhood and facing adulthood, contemporary society arouses many different health-related issues in this period, globally and cross-culturally. How to make adolescents live a more active lifestyle is a great challenge worldwide."

My name is Cui Min, I’m from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. I’m currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Sports and Health Sciences, Chair of Educational Sciences of Sport and Health. I come from a varied educational background, studied French literature as a bachelor student, learned Sociology of Childhood and Youth as my master degree’s specialty. Now my research interest focuses on adolescence, social media, physical activity, health and sports. I’m always interested in the period of adolescence in a human being, whether it’s culturally or scientifically. Adolescence is a unique period where many pressures and challenges, as well as possibilities and potentials dwell in, while being just out of childhood and facing adulthood, contemporary society arouses many different health-related issues in this period, globally and cross-culturally. How to make adolescents live a more active lifestyle is a great challenge worldwide.

From personal experiences, physical activity and sports free a lot of potential in our brain, body, creativity and even aesthetic taste, but its role is underestimated sometimes, especially at present, a lot of adolescents are less interested in being sportive but more interested in screen devices, which makes me want to explore this subject more. After my PhD studies, I am planning to become a designer of adolescents’ sport/physical energy-related curriculums.

My PhD research project is based in China. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept, I was just about to make a plan to fly from Germany to China for collecting research data. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed me severely in delaying the time for booking an international flight. But all the digital ways TUM provided making all students learn online are very helpful. Especially in my case, while I can have a sense of connection and feel like being part of TUM only through attending online seminars, online doctoral colloquium, online courses, etc. This digital community keeps me motivated to carry forward my plans, and it has its own benefits. For instance, when talking about our academic questions, online real-time communication may actually be easier sometimes if the questions are complicated to ask, and it can be a recorded. I hope we can still have this after the campus reopens. Concerning reopening, what I’m looking forward to the most is the vivid school atmosphere, I think the encouraging vibe of the university can influence our state and productivity a lot. I’ll be very happy to see how a positive atmosphere psychologically influences us and helps us studying in a happier mood.

 

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