A Letter from the Founder of Pitaya Organization
Pegasus 12th Grader
Founder of Pitaya
July 2017, after heated conversation over nights, Pitaya Charity
Organization was finally established as an informal service club to
serve disadvantaged children (including poor, migrant, and disabled) in
thirteen initial volunteers, we have thought about different ways of
advertising and expanding, including setting up WeChat Platform, YouTube
Channel, and Twitter, etc.
we have never forgot the essence of volunteer work, which is the
motivation from the bottom of our heart. Gradually, we focused less and
less on superficial elaboration, but a huge amount of high-quality
activities that we actually cared about.
applying to top U.S universities becomes more and more competitive
every year, Chinese students are adept at padding their resumes with
hollow activities and achievements, which they never care about.
By simply asking them, “why did you do it?”, most of the answers you will get are:
1. It looks good on my resume.
2. This is what my agents told me to do.
3. This activity is led by a group of professional people who are so famous in this field.
However, my answer to why I founded Pitaya and expanded it throughout Qingdao is:
1. I like it.
2. I care about it.
3. I cherish it.
through a year and half, starting from Thanksgiving Charity Sale in
2017 to the Mural Painting Project in 2018, we have grown from thirteen
initial members to a community with forty-one dedicated members.
As time pass by, we have insisted to do the real and pure volunteer work.
Precious memories, lasting friendships, and unprecedented opportunities have proved that everything was worth it.
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To my members:
I really appreciated every single one of you who has sacrificed so much time
on making your community a better place.
Please believe me, all of your hard work will eventually pay off.
I am glad to have the best crew in this world.
It is indeed my great honor working with all of your awesome people.
I can’t be certain Pitaya’s success will continue, but with the seeds you and I have planted, I believe the future is bright.
Get some rest and be proud of yourself.
To be continued…
Not long ago, Jerry received an offer from Vanderbilt University to inform him that he was admitted to Peabody College of Education and Human Development. (Peabody College of Humanities, ranked first in the National Institute of Education for many years.)
Vanderbilt University, the top prestigious university in the United States, has an admission rate of only 9.6%, and Peabody College is the most difficult college to enter, with a much lower admission rate than other colleges. According to data from 2018, Peabody College admitted only 1151 people, far less than the 4036 average of other colleges.
Photo credits to Julie & Lucy