贫困不是放弃追梦的理由

                             ——安迪读书基金成立计划

世上没有两片完全相同的树叶。同样,世上也没有两个完全相同的人。人生而不同,每个人所经历的事,成长的环境塑造了一个人的今天。那些我们终其一生所追求的,可能只是别人与生俱来的,同样,那些我们唾手可得的,可能是他人可望而不可即的。在小说《了不起的盖茨比》中有这样一句话:“每逢你想要批评任何人的时候,你就记住,这个世界上所有的人,并不是个个都有过你拥有的那些优越条件。” 我们无法选择自己的出身,但这不代表我们应该对他人的遭遇无动于衷。这个世界上的匮乏依然存在,但这也不代表我们就没有权利去享受自己所拥有的同时帮助更多的人追求他们的幸福。

我们都以不同的方式经历和成长,但是对知识的渴望是不分国界的。每当我徜徉在在美国的课堂中,我总会想到那些贫困地区的孩子们。他们需要步行很远的路上学,没有像样的教室,有时一本新书对于他们来说都很奢侈。我们不应该忘记这些在边远地区为了生活而挣扎的孩子们。可能他们当中的很多人都非常优秀,但是他们被资源所局限,拖住了脚步。作为他们的同龄人,作为一名留学生,我自觉有义务尽我所能来帮助贫困地区的孩子来认识外面的世界。

读万卷书,行万里路,都能丰富一个人,不过开阔眼界性价比最高的方法还是读书,因为一本好书是作者与成百上千的人交谈,思考过几千个日日夜夜所凝练出思维的精华。书是承载生命的产物。贫困地区的孩子可能没有机会走出去,但是他们可以通过图书的媒介来认识更大的世界。

我希望能够通过我在美国两年来的记录能让更多的人了解美国高中生活,同时帮助贫困地区的学生读更多的好书。由此,我决定每售出一本《高中遇上西雅图》,我将捐出图书定价的百分之三十成立安迪读书基金,此基金将用于帮助贫困学校的孩子来阅读。

孟子云:“穷则独善其身,达则兼济天下”。我的能力有限,能够真正帮助到的学生也有限。不过我愿意为了贫困地区的孩子做出我的一份努力。哪怕只有一个孩子因为我的努力而改变了他的生活,哪怕只有一点点,所有的付出也是值得的。

希望有识之士能够与我同道,共同为使更多贫困地区的孩子获得更宽广的视野出一份力。

​安迪读书基金创始人

王雨涵

     贫困不是放弃追梦的理由

                             ——安迪读书基金成立计划

世上没有两片完全相同的树叶。同样,世上也没有两个完全相同的人。人生而不同,每个人所经历的事,成长的环境塑造了一个人的今天。那些我们终其一生所追求的,可能只是别人与生俱来的,同样,那些我们唾手可得的,可能是他人可望而不可即的。在小说《了不起的盖茨比》中有这样一句话:“每逢你想要批评任何人的时候,你就记住,这个世界上所有的人,并不是个个都有过你拥有的那些优越条件。” 我们无法选择自己的出身,但这不代表我们应该对他人的遭遇无动于衷。这个世界上的匮乏依然存在,但这也不代表我们就没有权利去享受自己所拥有的同时帮助更多的人追求他们的幸福。

我们都以不同的方式经历和成长,但是对知识的渴望是不分国界的。每当我徜徉在在美国的课堂中,我总会想到那些贫困地区的孩子们。他们需要步行很远的路上学,没有像样的教室,有时一本新书对于他们来说都很奢侈。我们不应该忘记这些在边远地区为了生活而挣扎的孩子们。可能他们当中的很多人都非常优秀,但是他们被资源所局限,拖住了脚步。作为他们的同龄人,作为一名留学生,我自觉有义务尽我所能来帮助贫困地区的孩子来认识外面的世界。

读万卷书,行万里路,都能丰富一个人,不过开阔眼界性价比最高的方法还是读书,因为一本好书是作者与成百上千的人交谈,思考过几千个日日夜夜所凝练出思维的精华。书是承载生命的产物。贫困地区的孩子可能没有机会走出去,但是他们可以通过图书的媒介来认识更大的世界。

我希望能够通过我在美国两年来的记录能让更多的人了解美国高中生活,同时帮助贫困地区的学生读更多的好书。由此,我决定每售出一本《高中遇上西雅图》,我将捐出图书定价的百分之三十成立安迪读书基金,此基金将用于帮助贫困学校的孩子来阅读。

孟子云:“穷则独善其身,达则兼济天下”。我的能力有限,能够真正帮助到的学生也有限。不过我愿意为了贫困地区的孩子做出我的一份努力。哪怕只有一个孩子因为我的努力而改变了他的生活,哪怕只有一点点,所有的付出也是值得的。

希望有识之士能够与我同道,共同为使更多贫困地区的孩子获得更宽广的视野出一份力。

​安迪读书基金创始人

王雨涵

Poverty Cannot Conquer Dreams

 

—Plan for the Creation of The Andy Reading Fund

 

There are no two identical individuals. Similarly, life is different for every person around the world. The things each person has experienced in the past shape who they are today. What one pursues and struggles with his entire life may only turn out to be something that comes naturally to others. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, the narrator says, “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all of the people in the world haven't had the advantages that you've had”. We cannot choose from where we came, but that does not mean we can waive the right to care about the plight of others. The deficiency in the world will always exist, but it does not mean we should give up on providing more people access to their greater happiness.

We all grow up differently, but the thirst for knowledge is universal. When I use English as a means to study in American classrooms, I would think of students in distant rural areas of China. Myriad students must walk a few miles to get to their schools, which suffer from limited teachers and facilities. Sometimes a new book may be a luxury for some schools in extremely poor areas. Thousands of Chinese students now study abroad, but we should not be oblivious to the rural children who are struggling for their lives. Many of them may be extremely talented but are restricted by their resources. As their peer and an international student, I feel obliged to help them realize the greater world that lies beyond their borders.

Reading and travelling can both broaden one's horizons; however, reading is a more cost-efficient means, because a good book is the output of the author’s ideas deriving from countless observations, meditations, and conversations. A good book carries the focus of the author’s life. Many students in rural areas get few opportunities to step out of their rural towns, but they can know and understand the broader world through reading.

I hope recounting my own adventure provides more people with an idea of life in American high schools to help rural students in China read more literature. Although they may be restrained by resources, they deserve the freedom of thought. Therefore, I will donate 30% of the book’s proceeds to create a reading fund in order to help students in China’s rural areas who cannot afford their own books.

Mencius says, “In times of hardship, one should behave himself at first; in times of glory, he should benefit others”. Unequal distribution of resources in the world will exist for a long period, but I am willing to exert myself to help students in provincial areas. If one child changes his or her life, even just a little because of my deed, all my effort will have been worth it.

I am satisfied enriching another life, even if only in a subtle way, and I look forward to others with the same belief system contributing and helping students in China’s rural areas have a better future.

Yuhan (Andy) Wang