International Students of School of Economics Winning HUST “Outstanding Volunteers”: This is the Warmth from HUST

On October 19, the awarding ceremony for volunteers of orientation program of international studentswas held successfully by International Student Office.Two international studentsof School of Economics, MOHAMED OUEDRAOGO and FIINA NAAMBO LIKONDWA AMUKWA won “Outstanding Volunteers” in the awarding ceremony. Both of them were admitted in 2017, and at that time they received help from volunteers. This year, they becamevolunteers of orientation program of international studentsand continue to make new students feel warm in HUST.

MOHAMED OUEDRAOGO:Full of Energy to Help Others

Before this interview, MOHAMED just finished a one-day academic conferenceand was consulting its related content. Fatigue was in his bright eyes, but when it came to the experience of being volunteers, energy came back.

Being a PhD student, MOHAMED is very busy with academic conferences, research and papers in daily life. Although being obsessed with such a busy life, he is still willing to be a helpful volunteer. MOHAMED recalled at the very beginning in China, he felt very helpless and lost, and it was the volunteers who gave his guidance, support and warmth in HUST. He is very grateful to those volunteers and also, he would like to transfer the help. Thus, in this year, MOHAMED shared his own experience with new students, reminded them of some problems that they might be faced with in China, and made them feel warm in HUST.

What impressed MOHAMED most in his volunteer experience was that after he once helped a girl from India, this girl’s parents held his hands and expressed gratitude to him deeply. MOHAMED was very surprised, because he thought what he did is not of very importance, but he was still very delightful that he can help others. In MOHAMED’s eyes, everyone is not only an individual but also a member of society. We can be friends or family members, and we can care and help each other. MOHAMED mentioned although you are occupied with many things and intend to do many things, you are still supposed to try your best to help others. If someone ever helped you, what you can do is to transfer your gratitude to the energy of helping others. In the future, you may encounter someone that you helped before in corners of the world.

MOHAMED has been studied in School of Economics for one year, and during this period, he has known many excellent teachers and students, also made a lot of good friends. He thought Chinese students are friendly but a little bit shy, so his Chinese friends are very limited. He hopes to make some Chinese friends later and when he returns to his country, he can introduce his Chinese friends to his family.

MOHAMED thinks there is infinite opportunities for him in the future. He knows he can get many chances in China, but he still wants to go back to his motherland. He is eager to devote himself to the development of his country.

FIINA NAAMBO LIKONDWA AMUKWA: Deliver Friendliness and Goodwill

FIINA NAAMBO LIKONDWA AMUKWA, a junior from School of Economics, was born in Namibia. She ever studied in University of Namibia and then went to China to pursue further education.As a student majoring in economics, she shows interest in learning about Chinese economy.

When it came to her volunteer experience, FIINA said it was the second time that she participated in it. It gave her chances to meet different people with different nationalities, and was fulfilling to help someone in need. In this semester, FIINA helped a freshman from America, and was deeply impressed by his positive attitude toward the coming campus life. When he arrived here, he was so excited and ready for everything around. During the voluntary time, FIINA offered to answer new students’ questions about HUST, leaded them the way to their apartment and canteens, and showed them around. Besides, she was in charge of photocopy places, and supplied papers to the copy machine. FIINA was very careful to explain how to use the machine correctly. However, sometimes there were sometechnical problems she cannot settle down, and then other volunteers would come to her and give her a hand.FIINA was greatly moved and impressed by the teamwork and the strong bond between them. At present, she still keeps in touch with them. Recalling on the first time she came here, FIINA can vividly remember how she got support from her Chinese volunteer, Meng, who helped her on the registration procedures, such as photo taking and doing the paperwork. Meng inspired her to devote herself to voluntary work. That's the delivery of goodwill.

Recalling on the first time she arrived in HUST, FIINA canstill vividly describehowshe got support from her Chinese volunteer, Meng, who helped her on the registration procedures, such as photo taking and doing the paperwork. Meng’ warm-hearted help inspired her to devote herself to voluntary work. That's the delivery of goodwill and friendliness.

During the first yearinHUST, FIINA feels great to be here. She hardly thinks about the differencesamongstudents from various countries. FIINA always keeps an optimistic attitude, and shows great interest in learning." Don't let them change you." It's her slogan on her WeChat homepage, displaying her determination to be rational. FIINA considers it as a personal reminder to stay focused. When she encounters distractions on the way to the goalorsomeone who are rude and mean, FIINAwould try to insist in herself." I should keep being happy and kind to others", she said. One year left in HUST, FIINA faces making a choice between staying in China and going back to her homeland. FIINA said that if she can get a chance of one or two-year internship or job in China, she might choose to stay here. FIINA also plans to pursue a PhD degree in Namibia for further education. No matter where she's going, it's believed thatherkindness and endeavor will pay back.

10月19日,2018秋季国际学生迎新志愿者表彰大会顺利举行,经济学院国际学生杜奥(马里)和李菲娜(纳米比亚)获得校优秀志愿者的荣誉称号。杜奥和李菲娜都是17级的研究生,在去年入学的时候都得到了迎新志愿者的帮助,今年他们也成为国际学生迎新志愿者中的一员,继续向华中大的国际新生传递温暖。

杜奥:传递帮助他人的力量

开始采访前,杜奥刚结束一天的学术会议,正在询问有关会议课件内容,眼镜下明亮的眼睛透露着些许疲惫。但一讲到志愿经历他似乎又恢复了活力。

博士在读的杜奥,参加会议,做研究,准备论文,日常生活非常忙碌。而被问及为何想在忙碌的学业生活中成为迎新志愿者时。杜奥说到,初到中国时,他非常地茫然无助,是迎新志愿者带领他熟悉这个校园,熟悉这里的生活,同时给予了他很多帮助。他非常感激,并想将这份帮助传递下去:与刚到这上的新生们分享自己的经历;提醒作为外国人在一个陌生的国度生活需要注意的问题;同时给初来乍到的他们温暖。

谈及志愿者的经历,令杜奥印象最深的是,有一次在帮助一个来自印度的女生安顿好,了解过学校环境后,女生的父母亲切地拉起他的手向他道谢并说“你真是个很好的人,我们真的很感激你”,尽管杜奥认为他只是做了他力所能及的小事,还是很惊喜,并因为可以通过自己的力量帮助到别人而感觉到开心。在杜奥看来,人生活在这个世上,不仅仅是一个个体,更是社会里的一部分。我们是朋友,是亲人,我们需要去关心他们,帮助他们。“尽管你会很忙,尽管有很多需要做的事情,你依旧要尽自己所能去帮助他人。如果曾有人帮助过你,那么你能做的就是将这份感激转化为帮助别人的力量并将它传递下去。而将来,或许在这个美洲、亚洲、欧洲 或是世界上的其他角落,可以遇到自己曾帮助过的人。”那这对杜奥来说绝对是非常美好的经历。

转眼杜奥已经在经济学院学习了一年,在这期间他认识了很多优秀的老师和同学,也交到了不少好朋友。但在他看来,中国学生很友好但有些害羞,所以到现在他认识的中国朋友很有限,他希望之后可以交到几个中国朋友,当他回到自己的祖国时可以跟家人朋友讲自己的经历时可以谈到自己非常要好的中国朋友。

在未来,杜奥认为自己有无限的可能性。纵然在中国这个快速发展的国家他可以获得非常多的机会,但他仍想回到自己的祖国,将自己所学用到工作中,以促进国家的发展。

(记者:符韵)

李菲娜:传递友好和善意

李菲娜是经济学院研究生二年级的一名学生,她出生于纳米比亚,曾就读于纳米比亚大学,之后来到中国继续学业,她对中国的经济十分感兴趣。

谈及志愿者工作,李菲娜说这已经是她第二次参与这项活动,志愿者经历让她有机会见来自不同国家的学生,同时帮助有需要的人让她感到十分充实快乐。在这个学期,李菲娜帮助了一个来自美国的新生,这个新生对即将到来的校园生活的积极乐观的态度让她印象十分深刻,虽然他才刚来到华中大,但是显然对一切都做好了准备。在志愿者工作期间,李菲娜为新生解答疑问,带他们去宿舍和食堂,及熟悉校园环境。同时她还负责新生接待区的复印文件和添加纸张的工作,她十分仔细地教新生如何使用打印机。但是有时她也会遇到一些自己无法解决的技术性的问题,这时,其他志愿者就会过来伸出援助之手。李菲娜对志愿者之间的团结协作印象深刻,并且十分感动。现在,她还与当时一起工作的志愿者们保持联系。

回忆起第一次来华中大,李菲娜仍能生动地描述她的中国志愿者,孟(音译),是怎样帮助她完成新生报到的,例如拍登记照和一些文件提交。孟的热心帮助激励了李菲娜也投入志愿者工作,这就是善意和友好的传递。

李菲娜觉得自己在华中大的第一年过得很好,各个国家学生之间的差异并没有成为她的顾虑。她一直保持积极乐观的态度,并对学习有极大的兴趣。“不要让他人改变你”,这是她微信主页上的个性签名,也展示了她要变得理性的决心。李菲娜把这句话作为提醒自己要专注的人生座右铭。当她遇到使她烦心的事或人的时候,她都会坚持做自己。她说,“我应该保持开心的心情,并对他人友善。在华中大的日子还有一年,李菲娜面临着留在中国还是回国的选择,她表示如果她能获得实习或者工作的机会,她会考虑留在中国。同时,李菲娜也表示自己计划回国攻读博士学位。无论李菲娜以后去哪,相信她的善良和努力都会获得回报。