“A drive to read.”
Before the talk, I used to have all these questions. Why do we have to read? Is reading really an integral part of our personal growth? Why do all teachers encourage us to read?
But after Ms Ada Ho, the speaker of the 'Author Talk’, shared her own experiences with us, I got the answers. Wide reading enriches our knowledge on different topics as we, students, lack experiences. That could help us excel academically and boost our self-confidence when socializing with others. In addition, it enhances our writing skills. I remember Ada said in the talk that her Chinese Writing used to rank low during her junior secondary school years. I was a little shocked hearing that. Isn't the gift of writing inborn with those famous writers? Ada told us, by her own experience, it’s not. Reading all Jin Yong’s novels helped her a lot on her ‘ALL-A’ road.
“We are ordinary, but not mediocre.”
Actually, I don’t think that successful people are different from us, except that they have the ambition and determination to learn, while most of us do not. So, don’t be the frogs in wells knowing nothing about the blue ocean outside! Let's leap and advance!
Ada shared her young times with us in the talk. When she was studying International Relations in university at USA, she realized that she was too narrow-minded. So, she decided to go to other parts of the world alone and lived with her distant relatives there so as to explore more and learn to be independent.
Yes! There may be just one genius among a million. But does that mean success is forever far from us? Surely not! It just depends on whether we can grasp tightly every chance to learn and widen our horizons.
“Just do it!”
If you are the chairperson of a school club, will you choose to follow the previous annual plan, or make some new appealing programs that can connect and encourage your members? Ada told us to choose the latter as she said that all we need is to excel. This is also the school’s emphasis. “Engage, Excel, Enlighten”.
I seized the opportunity to cat with Ada after the talk for some more exchange of thoughts. I asked her how we could deal with those who were unwilling to change in society. And her reply was a little surprising. “Just do it,” she said. “They will eventually appreciate our efforts!” Wow… How true that is! Challenges, including being gossiped or opposed to, are inevitable on our way to step further. But as long as we go with hope and belief that this step –no matter how minor it may be –can bring a big and positive difference to our lives, we can overcome them.
This review cannot be completed without thanking Mrs Wong and Ms So for organizing such an intriguing and inspiring author talk! I really hope that there will be more chances of exchangingviews with Ms AdaHo, my role model.
Written by Norman Wan(4M)