n a series of student sharing organized by the Center for Faculty Development and Instructional Resources, the first speaker, Pan Xin-An, spoke of his personal experience on the pursuit of dreams.
Pan traveled around Taiwan with his classmates when he was a high schooler. To ensure that the journey was more than a personal endeavor, he and his classmates agreed to travel in silence, communicate only in pen or body language. Additionally, they engaged in recycling along the way. The most rewarding experience from the journey occurred when the pedestrians came and joined their rank to picking up trash. It led Pan to believe that comes with every action is an opportunity for change.
No ambition, no action” was a theme in Pan’s sharing. He regarded himself as stubborn, ambitious and shameless, and these personal traits had earned him invaluable opportunities. For example, he wrote to the staff at iGoods after listened in on one of their talks to introduce himself, which earned him the chance to shoot a commercial for iGood; he also wrote to film critic Peggy Chiao after reading her book with some film inquiries, and not only did he receive an prompted reply, he was rewarded with an invitation to intern at Chiao’s studio; and, after reading many success stories of young entrepreneurs in their twenties, Pan soon setup a studio with his classmates to take on wedding videography.
Pan sees himself as inconsiderate, imprudent and ambitious. To compensate for these character flaws, he studies. To study is to pave way to a better future, Pan believes, and that everyone shares the responsibility to make the world a better place. “Everyone has a hero within them. Let us change the world together,” Pan encouraged the audience with these words.
Student Yang from the Communication Studies shared his thoughts on the talk. He saw Pan as a man of motivation, never fail to seize every opportunity to fulfill his dream, and his personal stories was an immense inspiration.
Text: Lee Chia-I
Translated by Fang Kai-Ping