Meet Can Deng, one of our precious members of the Public Relations Team 🙂
You don’t have to be afraid of what she thinks of you because she will tell you on the spot. She is very blunt and will tell you what is on her mind but only because she really cares about the people around her ^_^. Can has a very easygoing personality so don’t be afraid to talk to her :D. If you have any ideas for what kind of socials or other volunteering events to have, be sure to let her know so she may be able to make it happen!
Let’s see what she has to say about her TC Summer Experience :D.
***There is a Chinese version below the English version ^_^.
Tzu Chi Collegiate Association Leadership Conference 2015
The summer trip with TCCA is for sure one of the most meaningful events for me this year. I have met so many warm-hearted and intelligent friends, and more importantly, wisdom of dealing worldly issues is the most profound part of the camp.
I joined TC last year for volunteering purpose without any religion preference. Though TC in UCSD doesn’t propagandize as a Buddhist cult, TC in general is under great influence of Buddhism ideology. At TC camp, we live in Buddhism ritual: pray before eating, bow to each other on all occasions, and so on; we are also fully immersed in Buddhism learning environment that we learn Buddhist aphorisms every morning and during basically all studying sessions. To be honest, at the very beginning, as a Philosophy minor student, I am not able to accept the huge religious shock since I am completely religious free. However, after I really get into some words that are told to us, I feel these Buddhist living philosophies are worth learning for everyone despite your personal religious beliefs. I will give the most impressive aphorism for me as an example. It is said that ELIMINATING ANXIETY IS THE EMBODIMENT OF YOUR WISDOM. In other words, getting rid of your anxiety is an ability you should possess to make yourself feel better and work harder. This aphorism strikes me because I am the kind of person who has many concerns. I am concerned about academics, my living style, and my future goal. Admittedly, these concerns are substantial for me. However, I am trapped in these worries to a great extent. This aphorism illuminates immediately when I read about it. Instead of raising numerous concerns like philosophers, facing your worries with positive attitudes and trying the best to solve them are real focuses of living a life. After that, I witness my changes in openness of religion. I am still religious free. However, instead of refusing to embrace any religious concept, I respect and welcome any religious idea worth absorbing. Just like the main character in the movie Pi, he tries all religions he knows when he is young. By experiencing different ideologies, he is able to come up with the most suitable philosophy for his individual life. Gladly, I recognize myself as a Philosophy learner more confidently.
The biggest task of TC is volunteering. In TC summer camp, we get to know all volunteering works TC people do at different levels of scale. Some are within communities, and some are international assists. It is so touching that those elites from different professions are willing to contribute to the society devoting their money and time. Being a person able to influence and change the world may be a big dream everyone has in certain age. We may found this dream ridiculous while we are growing up. But, no, changing and benefiting the world is not inaccessible. We can reach it by devoting a little care and love to the circumstance around us. A person’s strength seems small, but a group of people’s power will be huge. I am so appreciative to know these great peers who are not only good as professionals, but also love and care about people and world around them.
I am proud to be a part of TC family. No matter why you start your participation here, I believe YOU WILL STAY FOR THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.
– Chinese Version-