It is not difficult to imagine that a family woman in a poor rural country in Africa, in her thirties, has only one elementary school education, raising five children, enduring domestic violence with her AIDS husband, how much life she can pursue, life. Dreams and academic achievements?
However, Tererai Trent has subverted our common sense. The New York Times reported that in December 2009, at the age of 44, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Michigan.
From the African elementary school literacy level to the American Doctor of Philosophy, she has set a eternal example for all the world students who have a career goal: as long as you have a dream and an eternal motivation to realize your dreams, any dream on the global stage today is possible. Realized.
Trayai’s dream is simple, it is the desire to be educated. Born in a small village in Zimbabwe in 1965, she was sent home by her father only after one year of primary school. After all, there are still brothers in the family who can earn money for their parents to go to school in the future. Why should they spend tuition on the girls who will go out for a day?
Dr. Ai Lai, who dropped out of school, helped her mother to do housework at home. When she helped her father to do farm work, she dreamed of going to school at the small table in her home. And every day my brother is out of school, Teraiai can’t wait to open his brother’s schoolbag, wrap his brother and tell her about the class, and then, at his own table, he will arrange the teacher’s assignment to his brother.
The small table where Treai did his homework is still lying on the land of Africa today, because it is just a big stone with only knees and bench tops. It was on this stone that Treai wrote his four dreams on a small piece of paper—going abroad to study, studying bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degrees. Then, according to the tradition of Africans, she put the four dreams of the paper into a crock and buried it next to the big stone at the door.
When Trayai’s brother always handed in neat and tidy homework on time, but did not answer the teacher’s question in the classroom, the elementary school teacher realized that the younger sister had been doing his brother’s homework.
The elementary school teacher begged Tere’s father to let her go back to school. However, the father was unmoved. At the age of 11, his father married Tralee to her husband who continued to fight her entire marriage. At this moment, the lack of opportunities in life has made this girl who is eager to be educated one of the 75 million people who have been abandoned in the developing countries because of poverty.
As time goes by, for more than a decade, the story heroine is already the mother of five children, and she is still poor after 30 years. As the dream is about to be buried deep in the African land, she waits for a moment to change her destiny. A team of volunteers from an international aid organization passed by the village where she lived. In a conversation with the village women, Trayai gave her four dreams to a volunteer, Ms. Joe Luck.
Fortunately, Ms. Joe Lack did not understate the family woman of the first-grade elementary school and the four “ridiculous” dreams. Instead, tell the heroine a word that inspires life – as long as you have a dream, you can achieve it.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Trayai started his career as an international aid organization and paid for a correspondence course, from primary school to high school. In 1998, with the help of international aid organizations, she was admitted to undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University. It is easy for the majority of Chinese students today to go abroad, which is extremely difficult for the African woman.
”I can’t leave five children.” Treai recalled, “If they don’t, they will probably let their husbands marry them casually.” In order not to leave the children, Treai had to bring her husband and her to seven people. Studying in the US. Selling cattle at home, neighbors selling sheep, and 4,000 dollars in the most close-fitting pockets, Tria’s American study dreams finally come true.
The dream is beautiful, the reality is cruel. Soon, the dream of studying abroad turned into a nightmare, and poverty in Africa became American-style poverty. The meager grants, the children who went to school and the husband who was doing nothing, the family was forced to squeeze into the cold, cruel and old car-style house. Soon, Treai began to look for food discarded by the neighbors in the trash can in front of the house. The husband used his fists and kicks to vent his dissatisfaction. The child was always hungry and cold.
She had to work a few jobs, use all the time to learn, lack sleep, and endure domestic violence. Although she knew that she carried the expectations of African women and the many people who helped her, Treaea almost could not persist. Fortunately, her kindness and intelligence touched the people around her. Just as Oklahoma State University had to expel her because she couldn’t afford the tuition, a school official personally intervened and mobilized the teachers and students to lend a helping hand. The official recalled: “I saw a huge talent in her body.”
Local charitable organizations donate food regularly, and international aid organizations provide rent subsidies. A well-meaning Wal-Mart supermarket employee always carefully places the expired fruit outside the supermarket and leaves it to Treai. In this way, she realized her two dreams – studying in the United States and completing a bachelor’s degree.
If the undergraduate life is like a devil, the master course can only be even worse. When the heroine of the story began her studies at West Michigan State University in the United States, she had to face the husband who was previously deported by the US Immigration Service because of domestic violence. At this time, the husband has been due to AIDS to the end of his life: in the past year, Terai Ai went to school, took care of the children, and took care of the husband who was taken back to the United States from Africa until his death.
In this way, with perseverance and wisdom resisting one of the “highly impossible” in life, Treai realized all his dreams. Since November 2009, she has become a focus of American media, coming to the United States’ most famous daytime talk show “Oprah Show” to tell her stories.
The current state of AIDS in the African continent has inspired her to complete her doctoral thesis on HIV prevention in Africa and has begun to serve as a project evaluation expert for international aid organizations that have changed her destiny. Moreover, she found her own love in the process of changing her own destiny. She is married to a pathologist, Mark Trenente, who is known to Oklahoma State University.
Among the 100,000 doctoral graduates in the United States each year, Tuleai is undoubtedly the most dignified. At this moment, Treai may be returning to the home of Zimbabwe in Africa. At the “desk”, he used to dig up the earthen jars filled with his four dreams.
Imagine the moment when Treaea reopened his dreams. I believe that at this moment, she will touch Africa and touch the world.