Part 1: Opening

Editor’s Note:

Ruan Wenping, an ordinary primary school teacher living and working in a mountain village, suffers from a childhood illness-induced disability and has some difficulty in walking.

I. No longer able to keep up with the times?

I am an ordinary driver who works for a construction company.

Upon receiving a notice regarding essay competitions on “My Learning Story” and “My Teaching Story,” I hesitated for a long time. As a former student and current tutor at the Radio and Television University (RTVU), I pondered which topic I should choose: my learning story or my teaching story?

The most difficult thing to change in life is oneself. Li Bailiu passed the entrance examination of Shengzhou School, Zhejiang Radio and TV University (RTVU) and entered the “university at home”, writing a legend of his own life.

I entered Jiangyou Branch School of Mianyang Radio and TV University (RTVU) majoring in public health affairs management in the spring of 2013.

It was a Saturday afternoon and Yang Jiyan was meeting a client in her office at Sichuan Langzhao Law Firm. I waited for a while before her client left. She felt sorry and said with a smile, “We lawyers appear to be quite free. In fact, we almost have no weekends or holidays and have to work overtime to finish cases once we take them on.”

Since beginning work as a tutor at the OUC, I have instructed a huge number of students, and I still remember nearly all of their learning stories. However, the one that impressed me most was the story of a father and son who both majored in finance in the junior college class of Fall 2013. This father and son left me with an unforgettable, lasting impression.

Extraordinary deeds by excellent disabled students have been emerging from the OUC's system of education for the disabled constantly in recent years. Through their struggle and hard work, they vividly demonstrate the essence of core socialist values, fully display the strong-willed spiritual outlook of disabled students who ceaselessly pursue learning and maintain an inspiring spirit in pursuit of their dreams.