On Thursday (Sep. 13th), I attended an Olympic Road Show sponsored by Deloitte in Ohio Union. Frankly speaking, I thought this event was just another opportunity to develop my social network. However, the best part surpassed my expectations.
Two Olympic athletics, Abby Wambach and Melissa Stockwell, were there. Everything went smoothly. One of the Deloitte partners in Columbus area gave a speech first, talking about how Deloitte is driven by a culture in which commitment, hard work, and determination are rewarded every step of the way and how Deloitte’s culture is similar to the Olympic spirit. After that, as I was preparing my opening introduction for the Deloitte networking segment, a woman got my attention. She is Melissa Stockwell. She walked with a limp because she lost her leg four years ago in a routine military task. So, I wondered how can she attend Olympic Games with such a physical disability? It turned out that she attended the Paralympics, and she is a very competitive swimmer. In her story, what inspired me most was her attitude. She did not collapse after the disaster. Instead, she chose to fight against her fate, and realize her dream, which was to become a swimmer representing her nation in Olympic Games.
For me, at that day, I realized again that how lucky I am to have the opportunity to study abroad as an international student and to live a good life without any physical disability. Thus, I have no reason to give up when I confront frustrations, and I always believe that success will be on my way.