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从无家可归到哈佛全奖录取,这位学霸小哥的故事被外媒刷屏了
来源:21英语网    日期: 2018-05-29

眼看离高考还剩不到十天的时间,不知道各位高三党是否感觉离自己梦想大学又进了一步?


虽然也有不少同学表示,长大后才发现,选北大还是清华,都是自己小时候想多了……


但是!梦想还是要有的,万一就实现了呢~


而在大洋彼岸,有位无家可归的美国小哥就真的实现了自己的梦想,不仅考上了哈佛大学,还获得了全额奖学金,从此改变了自己的命运!


而这位名叫理查德·金肯斯 (Richard Jenkins) 的“哈佛男孩”可不仅仅是枚普通学霸,他背后的励志故事最近刷屏了全美。


因为,在被哈佛以全奖录取之前,这位少年无家可归,和家人住在收容所里,优质教育对他而言更像是一种奢侈品……


(戳视频简单了解一下小哥的人生故事↓↓↓)


美国多家媒体都对这位小哥进行了报道,大家的画风都是一脸难以置信↓↓↓


CNN:

“他童年就睡在收容所里,现在他以全额奖学金被哈佛录取”


美国全国广播公司 (CNBC):

“成长于收容所的少年获得了哈佛大学的全额奖学金”


《芝加哥论坛报》(Chicago Tribune):

“一度无家可归的少年获得哈佛全奖”


《费城问询报》(Philadelphia Inquirer):

“从霸凌和收容所到哈佛全额奖学金”


读完一系列媒体报道,发现小哥承受着他这个年纪不该有的压力,一路走来实属不易啊……


 
居无定所的童年
 


现年18岁的理查德小哥是一名来自费城的高三学生。


在小学的时候,由于母亲无法偿还贷款,理查德一家人过起了居无定所的生活。在整整两年时间里,他和两个年幼的弟弟跟着母亲,从费城搬到田纳西州,然后去了佛罗里达州,最后又搬回费城。一家人在不那么拮据时就住在简陋的汽车旅馆里,而没有钱的时候,就只能去求助收容所了。


Richard Jenkins and his two younger brothers were homeless for two years after their mother lost their home to foreclosure, forcing them to move away.


Before heading back to Philadelphia he recalled moving a lot when he was a kid, first to Tennessee and then to Florida, where his mother would pay for motels when she could and then turn to shelters when she couldn’t.


今年的奥斯卡提名影片《佛罗里达乐园》(The Florida Project)也还原了无家可归的人们带着孩子住廉价汽车旅馆的场景,周遭环境简陋恶劣,小孩子们也常常无人管教。


而在理查德的记忆中,童年并不美好:一顿饭需要将一半的冷冻快餐省下来,以防接下来一家人的食物不够了;走过收容所阴暗漫长的走廊去洗澡,却发现里面只有冷水……


He doesn’t like to talk about those times:


Saving half of a TV dinner in case there wasn’t more food later;walking down one shelter’s long, scary — at least to a young boy — hallway to the showers only to discover there was just cold water.


“My last memory of Florida is walking for miles on a highway with a TV that my dad had gotten me for Christmas in both my hands, while my mom pushed the stroller and some other stuff.”


“我对佛罗里达州最后的印象是,双手抱着我爸圣诞节给我的电视在高速公路上走了几英里,而我妈就在后面推着推车和其他的一些东西。”


而在这样的环境中,书本成为了他最好的伙伴。他的启蒙读物是奇幻文学系列作品《A Series of Unfortunate Events》。


在书中,他学到了很多词语,要不是霸凌者用这些词语来嘲笑欺负他,他也会很乐意在对话中使用它们。


也正因如此,他很早就学会了如何以及何时在其他孩子面前掩藏自己的才智。


Through it all, books became his constant companion, starting with A Series of Unfortunate Events, which taught him words that he thrilled to incorporate into conversations but that bullies used against him.


He learned early how and when to downplay his smarts, at least in front of other kids.


但在母亲面前,理查德小哥从不掩盖自己的努力和天赋。因为母亲相当重视孩子们的教育问题,总是能尽力满足儿子学习所需的所有要求,哪怕是让她去寻找免费的书包赠品。


But never in front of his mother, who always stressed the importance of education and who always found a way to make sure her son had what he needed for school, even if it meant tracking down free book-bag giveaways. 


 
向好友撒谎的人生转折
 


尽管理查德小哥很早就意识到自己隐藏的学霸属性,但让他开始奋发图强,真正走上学霸之路的,还是和好友之间发生的一件事……


六年级的某天,理查德小哥和朋友一起走路回家,好友问了句:“你家住哪儿???”他便指了指收容所的那栋大房子,称那房子是他家的。


One day in sixth grade, he was walking home from school with a friend, who asked where he lived. He pointed to a large, single family home that was used as a homeless shelter. Jenkins told the boy his family owned the house.


小哥回忆说,当时因为觉得一家人住在收容所的事情太尴尬,所以这样的说辞没多想便脱口而出,但事后小哥也感到后悔,觉得不应该说谎,应该相信朋友,告知对方实情。


“I didn’t even think twice about it,” Jenkins said. “Later, I was like ‘Dang. I really shouldn’t have lied. That’s my friend, and I probably could trust him with that information.’”


而这件事也让小哥突然就有了前进的动力,他不想让自己的弟弟依然对“住在收容所”这件事感到尴尬。他决定要努力让全家人脱贫。


从那之后,小哥决定要努力去做自己擅长的事情,那就是 —— 学习。


In that moment, Jenkins said he had an epiphany. He wanted to pull his family out of poverty. He wanted to spare his brothers from facing the question “Do I tell my friends I’m homeless or not?”


“That was when I decided I wanted to focus on the thing I was good at, which was academics,” he said.


而在求学的路上,他也遇到了重重阻碍。


决定奋发向上,用知识改变命运之后,理查德小哥在中学时加入了一个名为“Mighty Writers”的非盈利课外项目,旨在帮助学生们加强写作技能。


而在这个课外项目的帮助下,小哥也开始准备将来申请一所好高中就读。


Indeed, Jenkins did buckle in. In middle school, he attended a non-profit after-school program called Mighty Writers that helps students with their writing skills. With the program's support, Jenkins began the competitive application process to attend a selective high school, marking a difficult time in the young man's life.


但由于压力过大,小哥在上八年级的时候患上了偏头痛,最严重时甚至不得不住院几周来进行治疗。更糟糕的是,他的父亲在那段时间也心脏病发作了……


但小哥咬咬牙还是挺过来了,并出色地完成了各项学业任务。


"My migraines started in the eighth grade because of all of the stress I was dealing with at the time. There was a lot of pressure to get into high school and succeed. And then my dad had a heart attack," he recalls.


Jenkins' condition worsened and he ended up spending significant time in the hospital, sometimes for weeks at a time. "I was eventually able to fight through it and get my work done because, at the end of the day, that was what was the most important to me," he says.


(咳咳,世纪君再次友情提醒:学习是好事,各位朋友也切记要保重身体、佛系用功……)


 
上高中就是全奖
 


功夫不负有心人,小哥的努力终于有所回报。他被费城当地的一所面向贫困单亲家庭的寄宿学校吉拉德学院 (Girard College) 录取,并为小哥提供了全额奖学金。


在吉拉德学院就读期间,小哥成绩全优,还选修了大学课程,并在一家科技初创公司实习。除此之外,他也参加各式各样的课外活动,如模拟法庭、世界事务委员会和校内篮球队等等。


他还发展了自己对于科技的兴趣:创办了一个名为“Makers’ Space Club”的俱乐部,在那里学生们可以用3D打印机、缝纫机以及其他DIY设备,将自己的想法变为现实~


That work paid off, and he was accepted at Girard College, a full-scholarship boarding high school for students from single-parent families with limited financial resources.


At Girard, he earned straight-A's, took college classes, held an internship at a tech startup and joined the mock trial program, the World Affairs Council and the basketball team. He also started Makers' Space Club, an area with 3D printers, sewing machines and other DIY equipment students can use to bring their ideas to life.


时光流逝,一转眼理查德小哥也到了准备大学申请的时候了。


一开始,小哥完全没考虑像哈佛这样的顶级名校,他想着自己是黑人,也不是那么聪明。他的目标很简单:去一所无需支付学费的学校,别让他一毕业就负债累累,大概就是家附近的一所小点儿的学校吧~


Crazy to think that Jenkins almost didn’t apply.


“There’s a lot of places I didn’t think possible — including Harvard,” he admitted. “I don’t know, I guess I just thought: I’m black. And I’m not that smart.’”


"My goal has always been to go to a school where I wouldn't have to pay and where I wouldn't graduate with debt." He assumed this would mean he would attend a smaller school nearby.


然而,就在去年,小哥收到了来自常春藤盟校的宣传邮件,他认为这封邮件是向他抛出的橄榄枝,于是便决定放手一搏,申请了包括哈佛在内的几所“藤校”。


(哪曾想,自己真的就被哈佛录取了,而哈佛还为家庭年收入低于65000美元的家庭提供全额奖学金?。?


不过事后证明, 那封常春藤宣传邮件,其实是校方群发的(笑)~


But then the email from the admissions office landed.


Now, he realizes it was a generic mail sent to many graduating seniors. But at the time, he took it as a sign. If they thought enough to send him an email, he recalled, laughing, he must have a shot.


在各“藤校”发放录取结果的当天,小哥正在参加学校组织的巴黎游学。当时他打开电脑,疯狂地刷新着录取结果的界面。


他首先打开的是宾夕法尼亚大学发来的邮件:结果是待定;而耶鲁则是直接拒绝了小哥。


经过邮件两连击之后,小哥对哈佛的结果已然不抱希望。然而没想到的是,打开哈佛的邮件,一段欢迎新生的视频正在等待着他~


Jenkins was on a school trip to Paris in March when all Ivy League admission decisions were released on the same day. He logged onto a computer.


First he opened the e-mail from the University of Pennsylvania: waitlisted.


“At least I wasn’t denied,” he thought.


Next he opened Yale: rejected.


Then he opened Harvard: a link to the welcome video for the Class of 2022 awaited.


小哥将会在哈佛攻读计算机科学,研究人工智能方向,而他也将作为今年的优秀毕业生代表(valedictorian)在学校里发表演讲。


而小哥给和自己一样拥有远大志向的孩子们的建议是:


“Stay focused and on the right track. The right track can be different for a lot of people but basically what you want to work toward, you need to be focused on that.”


“保持专注,并走在正确的道路上。那条正确的道路或许对很多人而言都不一样,但基本上专注于自己想要致力发展的领域。”


写到这里,世纪君想起了一部改编自真实故事的电影 ——《风雨哈佛路》(Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story)


和这位理查德小哥一样,影片中的女主角也曾经无家可归,历经生活中的心酸和磨难,最终凭借着自己的努力考入哈佛,实现人生的逆袭。


他们的故事或许是“天道酬勤”的最佳写照。


也愿你所有的努力都不被辜负,加油!






 





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