Sharing my past is not because I am proud of it, but because it remains a key part of my life. In fact, it took me a long while to accept it as part of my history, not until I am firm enough to say that: “Yes, it may be who I was, but it is not who I am today.”
From “Beng” to B.Eng – An oversimplified slogan that reminds one of cringeworthy dramas, but still serves as a good introduction to who I am and what I stand for today. It serves as a good tagline signifying my change from a young delinquent ranked 205/205 in his level to one who finally entered a University ranked #13 in the world and #1 for Universities under 50, majoring in one of the toughest undergraduate course – Computer Engineering with two additionals Minors (Psychology/Entrepreneurship).
As an outspoken 13-year-old, I was targeted by bullies, many involved in secret societies. Perhaps for self-preservation and no other place to demonstrate my leadership, I became a leader of over 30 youths myself. As the usual suspect for poor academic performance and disciplinary issues, one day, to defend my pride, I made a claim that I will top my level and enter a University eventually (“Watch me.” I said). It is funny now to think back – even my closest friend mocked at the idea; it was just something unbelievable at that time. On that note, I wrote it in a hypothetical essay as myself looking back 5 years later. Unexpectedly, my teacher took it as a promise and it became even more important for me to deliver what I promised.
My story is a testament to the uncertainty of life, reminding us to be humble and hopeful for the future, for we will never know who will become what at the very next moment.
From “Beng” to B.Eng – A story that spans over a decade and still continues writing because success is never a destination but an endless pursuit of the next greater challenge.
My name is Benjamin Alexander Cai Jianxiong 蔡剑雄.
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