Another interesting gaokao headline here: A 44 year old man from Chengdu is sitting the gaokao for the 15th time in 28 years. Liang Shi first sat the national college entrance exam when he was 16 but did so poorly he was not accepted by any college. In subsequent testings, he managed to place into a local technical school but dropped out because he felt he could do better if he retook the test and has been trying his luck ever since.
Since his first testing, he’s worked many jobs while signing up year after year for the exam. Nowadays, he’s built a successful life with his wife and son and owns a store that employs almost 200 people but Liang still hasn’t given up his college dreams.
“It’s as if I wanted to drink, but the water hasn’t boiled even though I’ve added a lot of firewood. I believe now it will finally boil…No matter if it’s a good or bad result for the exam, I will try my best and eliminate a large regret in my life if I succeed in becoming a university student. Teenagers nowadays cannot know how much we yearned to go to college 30 years ago. University students were branded as privileged people.”
This year is a little extra special because his teenage son is sitting the exam with him. Liang expresses that if he doesn’t get his desired result–which is a placement into Sichuan University for mathematics–he may not take the test again.
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