Poor kid suc­cess­fully fights way to top univer­sity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YU in Shi­ji­azhuang zhangyu1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A stu­dent from a poor fam­ily in He­bei prov­ince, who scored high on col­lege en­trance ex­ams and was ad­mit­ted to one of the coun­try’s top uni­ver­si­ties, has re­fused all fi­nan­cial aid that swarmed in af­ter his plight was re­ported by me­dia.

Pang Zhong­wang, 18, a high school grad­u­ate in Cangzhou, scored 684 out of 750 points on China’s na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion.

He has been ad­mit­ted by Ts­inghua Univer­sity and is ex­pected to re­ceive the school’s let­ter of ad­mis­sion around Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to Fan Hongqi, vicepres­i­dent of Wuqiao High School where Pang grad­u­ated.

“Be­fore I came to visit his home three years ago, no­body knew his fam­ily faced so many dif­fi­cul­ties,” said Li Ying, one of Pang’s teach­ers.

His fa­ther, who is schiz­o­phrenic, can only do sim­ple man­ual work, while his mother’s lower limbs are dis­abled and she must be taken care of by his grand­par­ents.

“You can’t see one piece of de­cent fur­ni­ture or ap­pli­ance at his home,” said a re­porter sur­named Zhou with a lo­cal news­pa­per who vis­ited Pang’s fam­ily on Thurs­day.

“It’s hard to imag­ine that such an ex­cel­lent boy grew up in such a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, for which he def­i­nitely de­served spe­cial bonus scores,” Zhou said.

The bonus scores Zhou men­tioned were 60 points, pro­vided by Ts­inghua Univer­sity, which has a spe­cial pro­gram for out­stand­ing stu­dents from ru­ral ar­eas. Un­der the pro­gram, Pang can be en­rolled at a score 60 points lower than a nor­mal en­roll­ment line.

“Even with­out the bonus, his score ranks first in Cangzhou, which has about 30,000 grad­u­ates this year,” Li said.

Zhou was lucky to have met him, be­cause Pang is oc­cu­pied with teach­ing physics classes as a part-time job dur­ing his sum­mer va­ca­tion, striv­ing to earn the tu­ition fees for his first se­mes­ter at Ts­inghua.

“My classes are full, and I don’t want to be dis­turbed or re­ported on by me­dia,” Pang was quoted as say­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Li, Pang has re­fused all fi­nan­cial aid from peo­ple or so­cial in­sti­tu­tions who wanted to lend a hand.

“The most dif­fi­cult time for me and my fam­ily has passed and I think I can live on my own right now,” Pang said, adding that his school and many warm­hearted peo­ple have helped him a lot dur­ing his three years in high school.

The at­ti­tude of Pang to­ward dif­fi­cul­ties puts the say­ing “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” into prac­tice.

He was di­ag­nosed with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease at 7.

Though he re­cov­ered af­ter a surgery, Pang felt sorry be­cause the surgery put his al­ready­poor fam­ily into greater debt.

Since then, he started to pick up waste ma­te­ri­als along roads af­ter school ev­ery day and sold them to earn money.

“He is very op­ti­mistic with a strong per­son­al­ity,” Li said.

Pang Zhong­wang

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