From adversity to Yale—and beyond. I hope to have a meaningful impact onthe world by giving back.
Someone said if my life were a movie script, Hollywood would say it isn’t believable. Only about a decade ago, my mother and I were living out of a car in Daly City, and I could hardly speak a word of English. Today, I’m a senior at Yale preparing to go to medical school. I’ve volunteered as a surgical assistant at an eye clinic in India, ran a project at an AIDS orphan school in the Henan Province of China, and helped manage microfinance and medical outreach programs in Tibet. I know that’s a lot for someone who’s just over 20, but that’s my philosophy of life: never underestimate the power of perseverance and determination.
Of course, I’ve had a lot of help along the way—that’s why I’m adamant about giving back to the community. This is the same philosophy McDonald’s has with their RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Program aimed at helping Asian American students reach their goals. My scholarship has enabled me to follow my passions and pursue every opportunity so that I, in turn, can make a meaningful impact on the world. So for every Asian American student who has a dream and desire to make a difference, I say be pro-active and never be afraid to challenge yourself to reach for more, attain goals and realize your dream. More importantly, when you succeed, reach out to others and encourage them to take a more active role in their own lives and the health of their communities.
ChiWing Jessica Qu, RMHC/ASIA Scholarship Recipient
For more information about RMHC/ASIA Scholarship program, go to https://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships