At 5:00 pm, the school bell rang, this was the time when Nguyen Ngoc Hung (Quí Quyin District, Dak Lak Province) quickly returned to the dormitory of the College of Radio and Television II, and temporarily ate a package of noodles . Start a part-time job at a restaurant on Nguyen Van Qua Street (District 12, Ho Chi Minh City).
Hung shared, “Every evening when I work 4 hours, I get 100,000 VND. If I save, I will have some money to ease the burden of my mother at home.”
Don’t surrender to fate
The dorm room where Hung lives is about 15 meters wide2 For 4 students with a few simple items. There are a few boxes of instant noodles in the room, but “sometimes the whole room also invites each other to enjoy a plate of rice and ribs for 30,000 – 35,000 VND/serving”.
Hung’s mother, Ms Tran Thi Vinh, said her family was originally from the martial arts area of Tay Son district of Binh Dinh province. The family owns very little land, and the weather in the central region is sunny and windy all year round, so crops fail and are not enough to make a living. The couple discussed moving to Ea Ning to find an opportunity to change their lives.
Selling their house and land, and borrowing from relatives, she and her husband were able to buy a small plot of land to grow crops, so they had enough to eat and wear.
But the poor do not like hardship. 13 years ago, her husband, who was working in the garden, suddenly suffered a stroke and passed away. The burden fell on Ms. Vinh’s shoulders. After her husband’s funeral, she moved around to support her two children and do whatever she wanted.
When he was in sixth grade, thinking that his life would be peaceful and happy, Hung suddenly collapsed in class. His mother took him for a checkup and the doctor described Hung as having “glass bones.”
Mrs. Vinh said that at that time she had to borrow money and run everywhere to treat her child’s illness. Fortunately, early detection, timely treatment and willpower combined with recovery from the disease. However, due to a sequela of illness, Hung is still limping.
3 years ago, Hung’s sister entered university. She was both happy and worried, but now Hung is studying away from home. Ms Vinh said, “I still tell my children, no matter how poor they are, they have to overcome this. They have to learn to be less unhappy in the future.”
You can do without money, it is difficult to move forward without knowledge
Hung said that the day he received the notice of passing the College of Radio and Television II, he was very happy because he had touched his dream. However, when he returned home, seeing his mother worried about where the money for school would come from, Hung hesitated whether or not to go to school. Some neighbors advised Hung to leave school because her older sister was in her third year at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
“Seeing that I was hesitant, my mother told me to go to school because if I lack money, I can manage, if I lack knowledge, it will be difficult to advance, and I I will always be unhappy. My mother’s advice gave me the inspiration and determination to pursue my passion… My mother also taught me to always live with integrity and pursue my passion, because people who have even more difficulties faced, they overcame it and became successful,” Hung shared.
With his mother’s encouragement, “Glass-Bone” Hung was determined to pack his backpack and move to Saigon to pursue his dream of becoming a TV MC. The day he got into the car, his mother stood watching, holding up both hands and telling Hung to be strong. The car drove away, his mother’s face sad, that image haunted Hung forever.
“It was my mother who often reminded both sisters to study to escape poverty and try their best to move forward in life. She said not to care too much about what other people think, others’ ways Always try to overcome circumstances to change them.” People’s thoughts about me,” Hung said.
When he came to the city, Hung promised his mother that he would work part-time to raise money for tuition and he is trying to do so.
“I see myself as an extrovert, good communicator and am interested in media-related jobs, so I chose the College of Radio and Television II. I want to study well to achieve my dream of becoming a broadcaster. I have the income to take care of my mother”, Hung is confident.