文/芳瑜 101. 5. 31
I am eighteen years old, and I have just finished the college entrance exam. When I was preparing for the interview for the National Chiao-Tung University, my homeroom teacher offered to help me light up a Prayer-Candle(點心燈) at the temple. I made a devout wish and prayed to the Goddess of Compassion for blessing me a safe and smooth day on my interview, and if possible, I would really want to get into the NCTU's foreign language department. Thank you!
After the interview at the NCTU, I was frustrated by my performance. I felt that I hadn’t done my level best. I then made a decision- if I didn't get recuited, I would stick to books until the other college entrance exam in July. With this fearful feelings, I recived a call from my father, who was on his business trip abroad. It was a call that changed my life. He told my mother I was not only recruited but I was also in the first place! My first reaction was to scream till I couldn't scream anymore, and I immediately picked up the phone, calling my teacher for this fantastic news.
A few weeks later, with a grateful heart, I as well as a classmate of mine went back to the temple to carry out my vow(還願)- I helped with the cleaning chores there. Seeing all the volunteers work together as a family to make the temple a better place, I felt proud to be part of the volunteer work, even for just one day.
I am appreciative of my teacher, who is always there to help when I encounter difficulties, even though I am not longer in her class. I am also grateful to the Goddess of Compassion for her answering my prayer. I could’t be thankful enough to them for their helping me get into the college I’ve dreamed over and over again!