Cheng Tsui-hsuan, a student at the Yilan National Su-ao Marine and Fisheries Vocational High School, came into contact with the Chinese language for the first time when she arrived in Taiwan two years ago. Although her exposure to the language started later than her peers, Cheng did her best at school while also helping out at home and selling groceries at the market.
Still, Cheng passed this year’s College Entrance Exam with flying colors. In addition to being a foreign student, she was the first student accepted into National Tsing Hua University since the school’s inception 60 years ago.
Cheng Tsui-hsuan’s mother came to Taiwan for work and later remarried to a local resident. Two years ago, Cheng flew to Taiwan to live with her mother. Before her arrival, Cheng had never learned Chinese.
To help out around the house, Cheng farmed vegetables during her free time and sold them at the market on weekends. Through selling groceries, Cheng practiced her Chinese-speaking skills to overcome the language barriers.
When Cheng first came to Taiwan, she didn’t understand Chinese at all and had difficulties in both academic pursuits and various areas in life. Seeing her struggles, her teacher obtained English textbooks to help her catch up. In addition, Cheng took Chinese classes at the local college after school. In no time at all, Cheng improved greatly in school.
In a mere two-years-time, Cheng acquired certificates in accounting and computer science, and took the third level national accountant ability test, placing first in Yilan County. With these accolades under her belt, she attracted the attention of National Tsing Hua University and was admitted through their special admission program.
Cheng Tsui-Hsuan is now a Taiwanese citizen and she has expressed her wishes to become a lawyer in the future to be a voice for new immigrants of Taiwan.