Blessed by Seeing Others Reach Goals

Ten years ago a 16 year old girl from Vietnam joined my weekend study groups. It was obvious from the start that she was an intelligent girl. A year later after only studying English for one year, she was enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at her high school.

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It was a joy to help her with English and prepare for the ACT Test. A few moments I will never forget are the time she was upset because she got a Health Sciences Scholarship to cover all of her college expenses for four years but not the scholarship her friends got. It took a little explaining to help her understand that for her goal of becoming a doctor, the one she got was better for her.

The other moment was when I was in Brazil in 2015. One morning I was cooking some eggs and checked my Facebook. She asked me to read her essay for her Medical School application. We chatted for about 45 minutes. When we finished, I remembered I was cooking eggs. They burned real badly.

She is near the end of Medical School and is applying for Residency in Family Medicine. She wants to be a Family Physician. Through Google Docs we went over her personal statement for the application. She did not really need my help, but it was a blessing to interact with her again. She mostly just need reassurance from her old teacher and a reminder that Jesus knew she would be applying for a Residency before she came to America.

As a teacher one of my greatest blessings is to see former student achieve in life. My friend from Vietnam is certainly achieving.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

23 thoughts on “Blessed by Seeing Others Reach Goals

  1. This story touched me so much. Recently I graduated from the Johns Hopkins University. I know the value of education. I made a small post on my academic achievement. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I totally agree, my friend. There is no greater joy to a teacher than to watch their students grow, learn, be inspired, succeed, and then even pass on those same qualities to others. Those are the gifts that keep on giving! Congratulations!

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  3. Aww aww. This is so great. I am really happy to know she has achieved this much and will still achieve more by His Grace. πŸ™

    I feel sorry for the eggs that were made to pass through the fiery furnace though. πŸ˜‚

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