August 27, 2019
Hello! My name is Crystal Jing and I am a student Givology has supported for many years. My sponsorship number is 16205.
I am writing this letter with the intention of thanking you. Many thanks to your support, which has enabled me to endure many seemingly endless nights and has allowed me to walk down a path filled with hope and new beginnings. Even as notions of quitting school to work have tempted me over and over again, your encouragement has motivated me to continue my endeavors in education. I am incredibly grateful to your unwavering contributions and am happy to say that I’ve completed high school, and am on my way to going to university.
Not long ago, I participated in recruitment for the army, originally bearing hopes that I could join. Fortunately, my family did not object to these aspirations; however, my failure to meet height requirements destroyed those hopes. My paternal grandfather raised me as though I were a boy, also bearing hopes that I could join the army. But unfortunately, I won’t be able to serve.
I’d hoped that I could share good news with you but as of late, things have not been going well. My college entrance examination scores were not high enough to attend college as an undergraduate at a university and my grandfather passed away recently. I’m sorry that I don’t have better news to report.
The week before he passed, he gifted me with a precious watch he had recently purchased. Among the items my grandfather had owned, the watch had been quite valuable as it had cost 90 RMB. Four days before he passed, he went to my paternal aunt’s home and demanded she pay him back, so that I would have money to buy textbooks and to use for daily living expenses. Two days before he passed, I went to his house for a meal and my paternal grandmother said, “Last night, your grandfather had a dream in which he had his back to you and wanted me to check if you were sick.” My grandfather has had many iterations of this dream and every time he has had it, he will, without fail, ask whether I am sick or not. But this time he was wrong…
In the past, I’d always believed that I had ample time to spend with my grandfather. However, I had been evaluating time in terms of my life, having forgotten that my grandfather’s remaining time would soon run out. All that’s left now is a feeling of loss and an unwillingness to recognize that my grandfather has truly left.
According to our cultural traditions, we must cry loudly on the day of his funeral. But no tears came the day we bid him farewell. My tears had already decided to accompany his grave, having dried up as I was going through his old things.
And unfortunately, I have not been able to fulfill his final wishes. He’d hoped that he would have been able to see me as an undergraduate at university, to bring honor to our family. But my college entrance examination scores were 72 points short of fulfilling these dreams. At the very least, my scores were high enough to get into a junior college in Tibet, a place my grandfather has always wished I could go to. My grandfather spent the first half of his life working to provide for his children, and the last half of his life working to pay for my school tuition and living expenses. In this life of his, he never enjoyed a day of prosperity.
Since his passing, my grandmother has been reminiscing about my grandfather’s odd habits and idiosyncrasies. Initially, I’d wanted to provide words of consolation but every time I thought of something, I couldn’t open my mouth and eventually swallowed my words. And even though my sense of disbelief still exists, I know that I’ll have to accept the fact that my grandfather has gone.
These days the only thing I can do for my grandfather is to take the hopes and dreams he had for me, and work hard to transfer from a junior college to a university. At the end of the day, the sea of learning has no shore. Most importantly, I do not want to reach my grandfather’s age and still worry about whether I possess adequate funds to support educational endeavors, especially in an era when accessibility to schools has increased and lack of money is no longer a barrier to attending school. Thankfully, I am now at an age when I can work and study at the same time.
When I graduate from college, I’ll save money and take my family to experience the wonders of this world. My family has yet to experience life in a capacity that does not involve working and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to fulfill my duties of filial piety.
Dearest sponsor, thank you for spending your precious time to read this letter. At this moment in time I do not know how to repay your kindness, so I can only wish you and your loved one’s peace and happiness.
Wishing all those who do good a life of peace and happiness,
Hello! My name is He Lixiu, and I am a student you have supported for many years. My sponsorship number is 16210.
As a result of your gracious aid, I’ve successfully completed high school, and am on my way to attending college as an undergraduate.
Though I am looking forward to life in college, I also bear feelings of fear: to say that everyday college life is comfortable is accurate, but such sentiments overlook instances of crime, complications present in social interactions, and the ramifications of such complicated interactions.
Every time I think of these things, I view the start of college with feelings of trepidation. Thankfully for me, I’ve always believed in the following quote: “If the heart is sun-facing (optimistic), warm springs and blooming flowers shall follow.” In this world, more kind-hearted people exist than do bad-hearted people. And I also believe that my college life will be wonderful, should I choose to live each day with purpose.
Only through reminiscing upon the experiences I’ve had can I derive a sense of individuality and meaning from my life. I experience happiness as the satisfaction farmers receive after a good harvest and as a student who reaps the benefit of engaging with the boundless world of scholarly knowledge.
In the middle of this past month, I continually heard news of my fellow classmates receiving notices of acceptance (to college), but every time I checked my application, the dashboard always read, “You have yet to be accepted, we appreciate your patience.” My mood would hit new lows each time. I anxiously watched the people around me get accepted to college, taking trips without worries to celebrate, living each day without worry—even the tones of their voices changed! But I had to wait uneasily at home, my troubled heart figuratively suspended in mid-air. Each passing day felt like a year, and I experienced a severe loss of hope. At times when I’d acquired enough strength to step outside of my home, I had to endure condescension and mockery-laced words from many in my community. In these social settings, though I felt terrible, I could not express those feelings and usually forced a smile onto my face. Unfortunately, the older generations consider only those who get good grades to be perfect and without flaws. In their eyes, students who don’t have stellar grades like me, aren’t even given a chance to prove themselves. They see only my flaws, with no consideration as to my strengths. And what’s worse, they haven’t thought about how these sentiments negatively impact my mental health.
Thankfully, the stars above found reason to gift me with blessings. In a time when all of my family members felt anxiety, we received a phone call that broke the tense atmosphere created by our feelings. A bright smile resurfaced on my as-of-late, gloomy face, as I had just received a notice of acceptance! Even though I’ll be going to a vocational college, I am still very proud as I will be majoring in accounting. I am planning to take another exam to transfer to a university in my junior year, so I must take care to study even harder in these next two years and cannot go out and socialize as much as others do. I am not afraid, as all I need to do now is to believe in myself and persevere.
I will increase my sense of self-discipline, and cultivate a sense of self-confidence in college. Lastly, I must convey a sense of gratefulness for your many years of financial support and aid.
I wish that you remain in good health and that you achieve what your heart desires.
Hello! I am a student you have supported for many years, Yong Tiyuan, sponsorship number 16538. I am incredibly thankful for your support these past few years.
I am from a remote farming village and both of my parents are farmers, in a home where two children go to school. The stress on our everyday life, as a result of our lack of money, has fallen onto my parents to shoulder the burden. As I watch them inch closer to old age, I sometimes strongly desire to leave school, to shoulder a part of that burden, even though I do not want to lead a life in which I am resigned to a fate contingent on a lack of education.
Thankfully, in my most vulnerable, helpless moments, your support me allowed me to derive a sense of warmth, to see the light at the end of the tunnel, motivating my eventual return to school. I am incredibly thankful for the help you have provided and the hopes you have had for me. No amount of verbal expressions of gratitude compare to the satisfaction of practical results, so as a first-year, university student, I will work hard to live up to your expectations.
Lastly, I wish you a healthy constitution, a prosperous and smooth career, that your wishes come true. I hope you pass each day with a good mood, and don’t forget to be happy!
Hello! I am a student Givology has sponsored for many years and my name is Yang Jinhua, sponsorship number 16209. Under your sponsorship, I have completed high school and am now attending college, having become a first-year, university student that many admire. Thank you for your many years of support.
I have always been happy and thankful for what I’ve had because there are so many good people who have donated money to support me, to help me. Your aid has allowed me to feel the support of strangers who I’ve never met, but who continue to support me from afar. As a result, I have developed a sense of confidence and resolve to keep going forward. I really am incredibly thankful. Maybe in eyes of others, such support is negligible, but for me, it is precisely this support that tells me people care about my education and has helped to alleviate the stress placed on my family. Most importantly, such support has motivated me to study hard, to evolve, and to appreciate the happiness that comes with hard work and growth.
At present, I have graduated from high school and even though my college entrance examination scores were not ideal, I continue to maintain a positive outlook even though feelings of regret remain. These feelings will not do anything to reduce my resolve to continue my education. Being a junior college student is not necessarily inferior to being an undergraduate student, so I hope that you will continue to support my endeavors in college, right? In return, I will continue my studies, continue to improve, to harbor a sense of hope, to conduct myself as a morally upright person, to start small and eventually become a principled, kindhearted, useful person in society.
At the end of the day, I know that I still have areas of improvement and I have so many stories to tell you so I hope, from this day forth, we will keep in touch. Thank you so much for your many years of support and I wish that you will achieve what your heart desires and a healthy constitution!