Student Testimonial – Di Qiu, China

November 10, 2008

The French novelist Gustave Flaubert once said, “The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel the rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.” Of course, the challenges that I meet in the United States are not very serious, but I would still call them difficulties.

When I came to Harmony School on the first day I was really nervous. I took my first step in the building; Harmony gave me a new and indescribable feeling which was different from the first time I went to Beijing No.2 Middle School. No.2 Middle School was like a magnificent palace that gave people a sense of honor. There is a motto: “You are proud of No.2 Middle School today, No.2 Middle School will be proud of you in the future.” That makes all the students have a high sense of responsibility and prompts people to do more things for their school. However, Harmony is just like a home, sweeter and more relaxed than my school in China. Now, I don’t talk about these things with my friends at Harmony, but mostly it is a sense: teachers and students are all like family members. Although No.2 Middle School always tried to give students that feeling, it yielded few results, perhaps because of the strict education systems of China. Nevertheless, not all the schools in American have that atmosphere, only Harmony. I am very proud to be a member of Harmony School. This is a big change in my life, and it is also a necessary experience for my future.

During these two months, I have thought about a lot of things, about the choices and consequences of the past seventeen years. Why am I in America now? This is the result of my choices. People always do something in the blink of an eye that can change people’s future. The difficulty in life is the choice. Some people think that fate can have an important influence. However, destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. I think that people are people and the master of his / her fate. It is more important how people cope with their destiny than what this destiny looks like.

Indeed, my mother even asked me whether I regretted giving up the past. I said that if I didn’t give up, I wouldn’t have a new life. Maybe I will lose a lot of things, but I think that it is more necessary to lose than to gain in life. A seed will only germinate if something else dies. Destiny never opens a door without closing another one. I chose some unknown things when I came to the United States, I met unknowable challenges. What could I do? The earth won’t stop revolving, the ocean won’t stop flowing, and life won’t stop advancing. The only thing I can do just to overcome the difficulties. The forward road will be full of brambles. Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other. Victory won’t come to me unless I go to it. When I go through this road, although there may be bruises in my body or even in my heart. I will just smile; change is change. That is the truth of life, right?

Just let my wishes fly in the vast field of life. Like the small flowers of the dandelion, they will fall to the ground to take root, and flourish everywhere. The only advantage of mine is youth; I can do every thing that I want to do. Youth is beautiful, and can make a life plain or full of heroic meanings; can lead to regret or splendid maturity.