Michelle Gong

Guangzhou, China

I discovered my passion at a very young age. I knew what I wanted to achieve and become in the future. I always had a clear image in my mind for my future, but I never had a chance to find out my capabilities. I knew exactly what I wanted to draw on the canvas of my life, but I didn’t know where and how to lay the brush on the canvas.

   Life is full of surprises. One day I discovered something I was surprisingly good at, and another day I discovered something I needed to work hard to achieve. But these discoveries helped me learn what I’m capable of. I made many such discoveries in my four years at Delphian. From student service to student outreach, my leadership, responsibility and ethics were all challenged by different positions I held and projects I took on. Now, when I look back on those years, I find that I have achieved things that I would’ve only dreamed of before. The Delphi Program challenged me in many ways, and by overcoming those challenges, I became more capable. Without showing initiative in taking on the challenges, I wouldn’t have gotten anything out of them. I saw that the more challenges I took on, the more capable I became. Challenges are opportunities to discover and develop yourself. Never wait for opportunities to come to you because they don’t; you have to go find them.

   Now, when I have something in my mind that I want to achieve, I know where to lay my brush on my canvas and how to paint an actual picture. Delphian prepared me well to take on the challenges of society yet to remain a unique individual.

   I want to end with my favorite quote, which I always held in my heart when I faced challenges in the past and will continue to hold as I face challenges in the future: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” - Julius Caesar

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