Against All Odds
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If we take a closer look, we will learn that we have been unaware of all the things we possess, and that they have always been here.
Recipient of the HK Jockey Club Scholarship 2016-17
I suffer from a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder called “myofibrillar myopathy”, which comes with symptoms similar to muscle atrophy. For me, sitting for a long time was a struggle. I also had difficulties in concentrating on my studies due to the stiffness of my joints and the easy fatigue of my body. As you can imagine, it is extremely exhausting for me to cope with my studies. Nonetheless, I strongly believe that the pursuit of knowledge is a worthwhile cause.
It is truly an honour and a huge encouragement to receive the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship. The scholarship provided financial support for my studies, allowing me to purchase some new learning equipment which suits my special needs. It also gives me the opportunity to join the “Jockey Club Scholars Alumni Association”, where I can connect and cooperate with other Jockey Club Scholars in organising volunteering services. I hope to contribute to the society as best as I could, and use my knowledge to help those in need. I believe that people with disabilities can do more than just receiving assistance, and we can also be the ones offering help to others.
The truth is that I used to wallow in self-pity because of my illness. However, my mother’s selfless devotion to looking after me encouraged me to continue my studies. I am grateful for the sacrifices she made in order to assist with my university life. I am also thankful for the guidance and support of my teachers, as I probably would not be able to attend university without their help.
It is always easy to take things for granted. When in times of trouble, we are tempted to think we have nothing. However, if we take a closer look, we will learn that we have been unaware of all the things we possess, and that they have always been here.