Her name is Julie, or that’s what she tells people anyway. Julie is her American name. Her real name is Yinjuan. That’s her Chinese name. I asked her if I could share her story because I thought it was incredible. She told me she didn’t think it was interesting but to feel free to write about her.
“There is no such thing as genius; it is nothing by labor and diligence.”
The above quote is what fuels her drive. That small sentence. That. It’s funny how powerful words can be. How the smallest sentences can mean more than words resting on sentences sitting on paragraphs squeezing through the margins of your page. The smallest sentences are sometimes the most powerful. And the smallest words hold the most meaning. It’s kind of like how you can tell someone over and over again that they’re beautiful. But if just once you call them ugly- that’s all they’ll remember. Words are eternally powerful.
English is Julie’s second language, her first being Chinese. She has been struggling with learning English and communicating for the past 10 years. She came from China leaving everything and everyone she ever knew back in high school. She didn’t know America would be the way it is. Apparently they didn’t really tell her how it would really be like. She stepped into this country, not knowing a word of the language.
I’m a communications tutor and I was helping her with her personal speech. She had everything written out and wanted to see if her structure and format was correct. If her tone, rate and voice sounded good to me. But as I listened to her give her speech, I could feel my eyes filling. I was so happy but my eyes were filled because this girl had such a drive to succeed, even when circumstances seemed unlikely.
We take it for granted every single day but the ability to communicate is one of the most important things we can do as a human being. And when that ability is taken away from us the results are debilitating. Imagine being tossed into a completely new place without even being able to communicate the simplest of thoughts or desires. That’s what Julie has to struggle with, but she knows that hard work pays off.
After our session was over, I asked Julie if she wanted to fill out a raffle for my club, InterVarsity Christian fellowship. She then told me that she was Christian, in fact she converted a year ago, in America. Someone took her to church and she became a Christian. Someone did that for her in her life. Someone was willing enough to do that.
She filled out the raffle and checked off every box requesting information for everything. She told me she was busy with work but would try.
Julie understood how valuable her life was. She realized how valuable it was and for this reason she wanted to keep fighting. Please realize how incredibly valuable you are. How precious and important you. If not to anyone on this earth- to God. And when God loves you, the opinion and faltering opinions of others are irrelevant.
I believe Julie will succeed in her quest to really know English. I believe it because she believe it too.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me