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I never imagined that one day I would be a writer, an English writer. Why? Because English is not my native language. I did not learn how to perform a 5-minute speech until I was a freshman in high school. I was not able to read an entire book written in English until I completed my GRE test at junior year in college, and that was “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” An average native American children should find no difficulty to read through the book, but I hardly made it to the end, not because I did not like it, but because of the large vocabulary (regardless of those magic-related words) that I had to resort to my dictionary constantly, at least once per 3-page of reading.
The first time I went to a Subway store when I came to the United States about 6 years ago, I stared at those proteins, vegetables, and sauces but just can’t spell a word except “this, this, that …” When all of a sudden “tomato” came out from my voice because it’s the only word I could remember at that time, a Subway staff replied with a “gotcha” expression on his face, “So you speak English.” That statement turned me red instantly, and I was so shamed that years of studying English faded to pale in a real-life conversation. I was determined to advance my language skills in both written and verbal communications.
Two years later, I was on my way closing to the completion of my Master’s degree in a business school. I was confident that my language skills were well improved, but not perfect yet. A few weeks before my graduation ceremony, I was sitting in the office of my academic advisor, who was also the professor that lectured two out of six core courses of the program, and I was seeking his advice about my future career path. Speaking slowly but clearly in a deep and low voice, the following words came out from the professor, “You could have many different options, but I think you could be a great writer.” I could feel my heart jumped when I heard these words.
What? A Writer? I never imagined that one day I would be a writer! But when that statement came from someone who you respected and trusted or someone who was known for helping students shape their future, I started to change what I was thinking before. In the meanwhile, I was also wondering why he thought I could be a great writer. So I asked, and here’s the brief answer from the renowned professor, “Because you have a writer’s thoughts.”
That important discussion changed my perspectives about my life and future, and it was from then I began to believe that one day I could truly become a great writer. However, it wasn’t put into practice until recently I discovered HubPages and started writing my very first blog. It opened my eyes widely in a colorful world of writing!
There is far way to go in order to become a true writer, an English writer, like many of you who has composed hundreds and thousands of remarkable pieces or who has achieved extraordinary contributions to this writing community. It is my great pleasure and honor to be brought into such a wonderful platform where people like me could have a chance to meet with all the other passionate writers, explorers, and knowledge seekers, to interact with you, to learn great thoughts from you, and to discuss topics and subjects whoever you are, wherever you came from or whatever career you pursue.
All of these rich, insightful and professional contents would not be available to millions of people around the world without this one platform named HubPages. Hence, my biggest and sincerest thanks go to HubPages, to your great team of editors and to all the people working there days and nights to help QA all the contents, to help manage front end or back end of the platform, to devote yourself to this community we all love!
I have by far only contributed five hubs, and I am far away from being a true writer, but I’m motivated, I have opened my eyes, and I’m now standing in front of the door leading to the world of writing, ready to move my first few steps with courage and confidence powered by you, HubPages and all the inspiring Hubbers.
There is long journey to embark on, but I’m happy that I am here.