Meiling obtained her bachelor's degree in accounting from Beijing Forestry University in China. Being one of the top students in the class, she was offered an opportunity for directly entering the graduate program upon graduation (declined later). She continued to pursue her study in accounting at Syracuse University, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant for several professors. Meiling's research interests include financial accounting and auditing. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.