2018启明文化社会服务奖学金-学生分享

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Eric Ding:

When I think back to all my experiences at Enlighten Chinese School, I don’t think of DSC03883Enlighten as a place. Rather, I see it as the embodiment of many great memories and struggles of my past self.

Ever since I was in elementary school I’ve went to Enlighten to become educated in the language of Mandarin Chinese. There, I made friends with many remarkable people and experienced the various wonderful cultures of China from all the amazing events held at this school. Having such a connection to this school, I decided that only natural way of repaying the favor was through volunteering.

I began doing so in 6th grade where I would assist teachers and tutor students at Enlighten. However, my time there as a tutor was cut short when certain circumstances required me to undergo separate surgeries for each of my feet. These surgeries prevented me from walking in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Though my mobility was hindered by the surgery my eagerness to help this school did not falter and I resumed my volunteering through correcting student’s papers in my home. I made sure that for every mistake that each student made there was a written solution guide to follow it up so that students could find their error in their reasonings and to learn from their mistakes. Although I was not able to physically participate in assisting Enlighten at the school, I was still doing my part as a volunteer every day. By the time I had fully recovered from the surgery in the summer of 2015 I realized that Enlighten now had a summer camp, equipped with its very own volunteer team.

Upon seeing this new system I was delighted to become a part of this volunteer team, however the transition from a solo volunteer to working with this new team had a few difficulties for a one reason. The volunteer team had a ranking system based on experience and skills working with the summer camp. While the system in itself was not a bad concept, it was still in its earlier stages and was a bit flawed as the ranking system ended up putting a gap between the volunteers’ relationships. Seeing as how I could make this system better, I worked hard to climb the ranks of the volunteer system. During the first 2 years volunteering at Enlighten Summer Camp, not a beat was skipped as I would go long distances just to make sure I put in the maximum amount of time and effort into this volunteering team. And it was the 2nd year where I was finally promoted to a volunteer captain. By the time I reached the rank that I had strived for two year ago, I realized that all this time I wasn’t only giving to Enlighten, but receiving much as well. From all the new friends I made among the volunteers and the campers to all the fun times and experiences that I went through those summers I felt as if a part of me has become one with the school, and that every drop of sweat I put into this establishment, was worth it.

当我回忆起我在启明的那些日子,启明已经不仅仅是一所学校,她承载了我许多美好的记忆,是一个让我不断突破自我不断成长的地方。

我从小就在启明学习中文,在那里我认识了很多值得我尊重和学习的老师和朋友;学校的各种文化活动开启了我对中国文化的好奇和向往。我爱上了这所学校,我常常想该如何去回馈我得到的呢?

进入6年级,因为我数学特别好,我就在每天做完作业后去辅导课后班的孩子们做数学题。2013和2014的暑假我的两只脚分别做手术,我没法走路,更别说学校做义工。但是妈妈帮我想了一个好办法,她把学生的暑假数学作业带回来,我每天在床上改那些数学作业题。我改得很仔细,在做错的地方把正确的解题方法都写上去。整整两个暑假尽管我不能去启明,但我几乎每天都在做义工。

2015年暑假,我终于可以加入启明的义工团队了。这个团队真的非常棒。在这儿有老师和很多学长带着我,教我做每一件事。我从最开始的“菜鸟”义工做起。整个暑假我8点到校,5:30以后离校,一天都不缺勤。我们一起工作,学习和玩耍,每天都那么充实和快乐。2016年暑假,我通过自己的努力终于被晋升为队长。在启明做义工的这么多年里,我越来越感到不是我在为启明付出而是我收获了更多更多。我感到已经变成了启明的一部分,我流的每一滴汗水都是非常值得的。

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Phillip Peng  :

Being able to tutor people is an opportunity I am fortunate to have. From my own experience when I encounter a problem on my homework it is always very helpful to have someone there to help me be able to get through the problem. Being able to play the other role and be the helper is something that I genuinely enjoy doing. While helping people I also connect and build bonds with them. As I help them with their problems, I become more connected with them and become friends with them. Building these bonds also helps me better understand and better help teach the material to them.So, tutoring isn’t just something I do for pay or for volunteering, it’s for the experiences I receive and the bonds that I make while helping others.DSC05936

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