Ma Honglan, 21 years old, third-year medical student, January 23 2012:
“I am facing two main difficulties concerning my studies: one of them is financial, but the other, and above all, is my parents’ lack of understanding and support”.
In order to compensate for her parents’ low income, Ma Honglan has decided to work on a part-time basis while pursuing her studies. This could no doubt help her out a little, but it is unfortunately insufficient for her to purchase all the required materials for her course of study.
In addition, Ma Honglan is having difficulties getting her parents’ support. On the one hand, they think that it would be impossible to find a job with just a bachelor’s degree in medicine, but on the other, they are equally unwilling to encourage their daughter to go on to graduate school. To them, finding a job that would bring about immediate income is much more important.
Ma Zhonglin, 25 years old, final year electronics and automatism student, January 23 2012:
“I would like to start my own business, but unfortunately I do not have the means to do so”.
In order to fulfill his dream, Ma Zhonglin plans to work for a few years in the carbon mining industry, which is thriving in Ningxia. The company with which he has done an internship has promised to employ him once he obtains his degree.
Ma Zhonggui, 22 years old, first-year automatism student, January 24 2012:
“I just want to have a job that allows me to make for my own living”.
Ma Zhonggui does not have detailed plans for the future yet. Being very down to earth and not wanting to be trapped in unrealizable dreams, he simply hopes to find a job that will allow him to live decently.
Kang Yan, 20 years old, second-year physical science student, January 24 2012:
“My mother is handicapped, and my father has gotten extremely ill! But they still wish that my four siblings and I could continue our studies”.
Due to a car accident, Kang Yan’s parents had seriously injured their legs and have since become unable to work. Yet, they place great emphasis on their children’s education: Kang Yan and her two elder brothers are all in university, while her two younger siblings are in high school. As a result, all members in the family have gotten into heavy debt in order to survive, let alone continue their studies.