Tries, I never lost sight of dream

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION -

score of 49 out of 150 in English and failed. The pass­ing mark is 60.

It wasn’t easy to face up to my fail­ure, but I did. I de­cided to go to a gaokao train­ing school for art stu­dents in Bei­jing to pre­pare for the next year.

I tried hard, but I failed — again and again and again, from 2002 to 2008. What let me down were my low English scores.

I be­gan to doubt my­self, think­ing maybe it was des­tiny that I would never have the chance to go to my dream univer­sity. So I gave up. I headed to Guangzhou and got a job as a teacher at an art school.

I spent three years teach­ing, which was of great im­por­tance to me. Af­ter some of my stu­dents were ad­mit­ted to CAFA, I be­gan to re­gain my self-con­fi­dence. I started be­liev­ing I could suc­ceed, too.

So I started pre­par­ing for the gaokao once again. I made more of an ef­fort to study English.

Of course, ef­fort does not al­ways mean in­stant re­ward, and I failed again in 2012 with another low score in English. But I knew suc­cess was not far away. It was so close I could see it. All I had to do was carry on.

So I took the 2013 gaokao in June, my tenth at­tempt, and I fi­nally made it. I scored 76 in English, just above the pass­ing mark of 70.

Many peo­ple, in­clud­ing my par­ents, couldn’t un­der­stand why I’d spend more than 10 years tak­ing the gaokao to get into the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts in­stead of go­ing to another col­lege. But I be­lieve we should all stick to our dreams.

If you have pas­sion, you should chase your dreams, no mat­ter how far it seems. In the end, you will make it.

I will keep paint­ing — that’s why I must at­tend a good academy — and I will make great progress un­der the in­struc­tion of good teach­ers.

As a fresh­man, all I want is to study hard and draw. In the fu­ture, I will ap­ply for grad­u­ate school or go abroad to im­prove my tech­niques.

Some peo­ple sit and study great works of art in mu­se­ums in Paris all day. That’s an ideal life for me. Li Donghua was talk­ing to China Daily reporter Zhao Xinying.

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