Shennan was born and raised in Hebei Province of China and went to Peking University. She has developed a lifelong interest in art and literature since young. After achieving a master’s degree in finance at the University of Hong Kong, Shennan did not enter the financial industry. Instead, she became an art instructor, teaching traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy in Hong Kong. At Yale, she wishes to learn more about classical Chinese poetry and explore the many possibilities of life as an artist.