Cai Dongxiao (R) shows the admission notice of Qingdao University delivered by Liu Caiyun, Vice President of Qingdao University. [news.qdu.edu.cn]
Cai Dongxiao, a high-school graduate in Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province, recently received her letter of admission from Qingdao University.
It was not easy for Cai, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when she was only 3.
Due to the disease, Cai has been confined to a wheelchair. Cai's father, the main breadwinner of her family, died in a car accident, when she was 6. Someone suggested that she could go to a special education school for the disabled, but her mother was determined that she should go to school like ordinary children.
"She has a strong mind, and she studies hard. She strives for independence, and she is eager to help classmates and teachers, "said Cai's teacher Wang Yanyan.
Cai planned to study pharmacy, thinking that pharmacy could help many people. Then, she learned that she could not be enrolled because of her physical condition.
After deliberation, she decided to study psychology at Qingdao University, for she thought mental illnesses were more harmful than physical disabilities, and she hoped someday she could help others with her expertise.
The university leaders helped Cai exempt her tuition fees, and they provided a dormitory on the first floor to her and her mother for free to reduce inconvenience for them.
In addition, Cai's mother was provided with a job on the campus and a mentor was assigned to help her design academic planning in the future.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)