“Daddy is everything to me” is my favorite Vietnamese song when I was a little girl. At that time, I was attracted to this song only because of its merry, bright, catchy melody. However, as time goes by, I have now realized that this song’s lyric is also very meaningful. My father, a very influential person to me, has always been on my side and encouraged me to overcome difficulties. Indeed, he truly means the world to me.
My father has his own way to cheer me up and help me believe in myself whenever I get in trouble or failures. When I was in the 5th grade, I was chosen to participate in the Annual Information Technology Contest for primary pupils. Being overconfident of winning the Third Prize in this contest the previous year, I did not review my IT lessons carefully. As a result, I was anxious in the test and forgot to save one part of my work. Seeing me going out of the test room with an upset face, my father just asked me what number my computer in test room was. When he knew it was number 9, he smiled at me and said in a warm voice: “Do you know the total of the digits of every number divisible by 9 is 9?” It is special, and so are you”. Hearing that, I felt relieved. Inside those cheerful words I understood that my father not only gave me optimism and confidence but also the serious determination. Hence, I left my sadness behind to focus on the next exams. I passed the entrance exams to Hanoi-Amsterdam (Secondary and High) School for the Gifted then Banking Academy.
During the freshmen year in Banking Academy, I officially started chasing my studying aboard dream which had stayed in me since high school. Knowing that I was planning to improve my English thoroughly, my father gave me an Oxford Dictionary with his epigraph: “Dedicated to my Beloved Daughter”. I considered it my closest companion and plunged into hard-work with inspiration and strength of mind. I spent 2 hours each day doing Cambridge Ielts textbooks; noted every new word I found on day-runner and tried to use them reasonably. Besides, I chose Discovery Channel as a learning tool and realized that it not only improved my listening skill but also provide many interesting information about ways to use English and international cultures as well. I practiced speaking in front of the mirror popular topics such as environment conservations, developments of technology and human relations...etc or even just talked about what I saw and my sudden feelings. Before bed time I relaxed with Speaking English application on cell phone, its installed native voice did really help. One of my hobbies in free time was reading books written in English, I began with fairy tales for kids then longer stories and novels. Sometimes I was tired, but thinking about the road I had been through and the successful days ahead stimulated me.” The road leading to success can be bitter, but its result is sweet”- my father’s words have always made me a go-getter.
I remember the time of entrance exam to college, my father stood at the school gate and said: “Come in, I am standing behind you and will be there till the test is over”. His encouragement was so touching that I almost burst into tears. Since that moment, I have given my word that my father will forever be my greatest source of strength and support. Thanks to the teachings of my father, I have become who I am today: optimism and live dedicatedly. Looking at his affectionate eyes and grey-haired, I have sworn to myself that I will not ever let him down because he has given me a priceless gift: his trust. My father is the person who has influenced me the most and is the greatest person I have ever known.