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NTHU Student Steals the Spotlight at the Presidential Office
On June 21 President Tsai Ing-wen received a delegation of 60 international youth volunteers, amongst them were 15 excited members of NTHU’s International Volunteer Society. One of the group photos taken during the event received considerable attention due to the amusing expression of one of the members of the NTHU delegation. It was later placed on the President’s Facebook fan page and has received lots of positive comments.
 
The person behind the amusing photo is Chie-yi Chang, a first-year M.A. student in the Department of Physics. Prior to departing for a volunteer program in Tanzania on July 11, Chang said that she was really excited to be standing right next to the president for a photo.
 
Chang previously traveled independently in West Africa. Thus she was quite surprised when she discovered that it was even more arduous to prepare for the volunteer program in Tanzania. One source of inspiration that helped her persevere were the words of encouragement offered by President Tsai: “Living in a new and unfamiliar place will make you grow up very quickly.”
 
Also present at the meeting with the president was Chia-ying Yu, a first-year M.A. student in the Department of Linguistics and the leader of the volunteer team in Tanzania. Prior to the meeting, Yu mentioned it to a friend who is a vice principal at an elementary school in Tanzania. Her friend was amazed that an ordinary citizen could meet the president—something which in Tanzania is basically impossible. During the meeting Yu shared this anecdote with President Tsai, who replied that in a Democracy it’s the citizens who are actually the leaders, so meeting the president shouldn’t be seen as anything special. Tsai also encouraged her-visitors to not be intimidated just because they were in the Presidential Office, and that it’s important to maintain self-confidence when meeting people.
 
Another member of the NTHU delegation, Ru-yun Chiang , a second-year M.A. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, said that while entering the Presidential Office she felt like she was going to meet an icon, and that it was especially exciting to be entering by the same route Tsai used during her inauguration ceremony. During the event the members of the international volunteer societies at different universities also had a chance to chat and share their experiences with each other.
 
Run by the Youth Development Division of the Ministry of Education, every year the International Youth Volunteer Program subsidizes volunteer programs carried out by self-organized groups with members between the ages of 18 and 30. This was the first time for the Youth Development Division to organize an audience with the President, giving youth volunteers an opportunity to share their overseas experience and enthusiasm for serving those who are less fortunate than themselves.
 
The amusing photo of Chie-yi Chang with President Tsai which has attracted lots of attention.

The amusing photo of Chie-yi Chang with President Tsai which has attracted lots of attention.

President Tsai Ing-wen receiving a delegation of international youth volunteers. (photo provided by the Presidential Office)

President Tsai Ing-wen receiving a delegation of international youth volunteers. (photo provided by the Presidential Office)

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