My Summer Job
Feng Jia Yi was born to a rural farm family and brought to the Cenxi SWI along with his now 13 year old sister after both of his parents died.
He became part of Education’s Special Projects and will be entering his second year in business college, majoring in logistics (a popular business major in China). His first year of school gave him the ability to experience many new things such as ice skating in gym class, something few Chinese have ever done. His English is very good and if he weren’t such a busy collegian, we would hire him to do some translation for us! His school marks are all strong and we are exceptionally proud of his attitude and accomplishments.
Love Without Boundaries recently asked Yi how he is spending his summer. He wrote that this summer he was able to find a job working as security for a large supermarket. Interestingly, Yi reports that even though this is a small job for the summer, he continues to learn about living in society from working with people. One of his biggest lessons has been in speaking to store’s management:
“Except saying “Good morning”, “Good evening” to them I feel I had nothing to talk to them. Their time is precious. Sometimes I don’t know what I should say to them so I just kept silent.”
Yi is also learning that his accent and use of words makes an impression when at work. He is working to make himself sound the best that he can. These are such valuable lessons for a young man who grew up in an orphanage without parents to model polite and proper behavior or manners for him on a daily basis.
We love that Yi also embraces the joy of life with his hobby, running. He’s an excellent runner and his dedication to his sport has given him great discipline and persistence. He says:
“I have made my studying plan and will put it into practice soon. I plan to get the first place award in the coming college track and field games. I got the champion of 1000 meters running before. I began to train the running now. Waiting for my good news in a month. So much for this time. Just do it! Action is the most important!”
LWB Education applauds Yi as a well rounded student learning from many “schools”, inside and outside the classroom. We just know this exceptional young man is going to go far in life.
Linda Mitchell is a wife and mom to four, Associate Director of Education for Love Without Boundaries, volunteer at her kid’s school, student of School Library Media, K-1st Sunday School Teacher…..and creative writer when she can get a word in edgewise.