When students who study abroad leave their own countries, I think their parents sould give them something important. The thing my parents gave me is a jade pendent, the appearance is a Buddha. As a type of faith in China, the Buddha always stands for wisdom, cheerfulness, calmness, and all wonderful moralities. So my parents hope all of those good things accompany with me in my future. For me, the most significant things that I learned from my Buddha pendant are thankfulness for life and courage to face any severe difficulties. It has a powerful influence on me.
I think I am a people who like to complain about all kind of discontent in my life. However, I seldom go to appreciate my family, my life, my experience and everything I have. That often made me sullen. Before I came to MSU, I even discontented that my parents arranged me study abroad. First of all, I was never left my home and my family for a long time. Study abroad means I have to stay in other county so long. In addition, some of my friends told me that study abroad have a lot of pressure, many students must learn very late. I do not like that kind of life. The last night in China, I was asked my father, “Why do you let me go to study in America?” My father answered me calmly, “Because it is the best way for you. In China, not every student had opportunity to study abroad, and not every student was admitted to a famous university. If your grandfather gave me the studying opportunity like I gave to you, I must catch the chance and enjoy the abundant experience. So you should cherish everything you have.” My father’s words made me thought deeply. Then I saw my Buddha pendant, I thought I know why most people believe Buddha, and why Buddha always smile....
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...when I was finishing an assignment. After my first semester, I got a high GPA for each class and I was passed the language test. I believed I change a lot. Not only I found the learning method, but also I found courage that boost me be stronger. I guess all of those courage and strength are from the Buddha pendant and my parents.
Now, I am a sophomore, the knowledge I am learning is harder than one year ago. However, I still feel my life is so cool. I am grateful I can study in a beautiful campus, I am grateful I can meet classmates from all over the world, I am grateful I learn a lot of knowledge. May be I will encounter all kinds of setbacks in my campus life. However, my courage will makes me forward. Sometimes, I image that I can touch my dream, the reason is those moralities affect me. I believe that one day the Buddha pendant will help me to realize my dream.
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