College Student Declines Donations, Plans to Sell 35,000-kg Worth of Watermelons for Tuition

While it is true that there are those who succeeded in life and even became millionaires or billionaires despite not completing high school, we all know that college education is still a very important thing.

But it is also a harsh reality in life that college education comes with a huge price tag, quite literally; thus, a lot of poor folks are not able to go to college because they have no money to pay the tuition fees.

An 18-year-old student, known only by his surname Li, recently went viral recently for selling watermelons to finish college. But what makes him stand out from the rest is that he refuses to take donations from well-meaning netizens, insisting that they buy his watermelons instead of just giving him money!

Li hails from Yongkang, Zhejiang. Abandoned as a baby, he grew up in a loving but poor adoptive family who couldn’t afford to pay for his college education. Refusing to let this bring him down, the young man took the entrance exams at Zhejiang Police College as he dreamed of becoming a police officer.

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He got impressive marks but still needed to come up with 14,000 yuan ($2,000) for his tuition fees. Not wanting to burden his adoptive parents any further, Li began to sell watermelons. But according to his calculations, he has to sell 35,000-kg worth of watermelons to come up with that amount.

It was a huge challenge for the young student who faced a number of difficulties early on. He was only earning an average of 100 yuan ($15) a day. Then, tired from working long hours, he fainted while driving his motorcycle, leading to the vehicle getting totally wrecked and him needing 1,000 yuan ($150) for medical bills.

A nurse treating him learned of his plans. Taking pity on the young student but also impressed with his determination, the nurse shared his story on social media where it went viral. People soon offered donations to send Li to school but he refused.

If I take their money, I would never be able to hold my head up high. I have to work hard to achieve what I want in life. You can’t just buy that with money,” he explained. Instead, he offers them his watermelons.

Greatly impressed by this young student’s outlook, many people bought his watermelons. Within just a few days, he was able to save 8,000 yuan ($1,175). And with 1 month more to go before school starts, he is highly optimistic that he will be able to earn enough to pay for his tuition fees.

Source: Shanghaiist