“Aung San Suu Kyi: The Woman Who Changed My Life” by Derek Le, Intern

Since I was born, there are three women who have strongly influenced me. One is my mother, one is my sister, and the third person is Aung San Suu Kyi. While my mother taught me discipline and knowledge and my sister supported me as a mentor, Suu Kyi is the figure that inspires and motivates me to follow my dream. For anyone who does not know about her, Aung San Suu Kyi is a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She devoted her life to changing Myanmar and bringing peace to her people. It is her video address for the closing ceremony at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum that forever changed my point of view. In the video, she believed we all must work hard to get closer to peace even if there is no certainty that the world could truly achieve perfect peace. At that moment, her message touched my soul. My dream is changing the world, but I am always afraid that it is too big for me to achieve. However, after hearing Suu Kyi, I am not afraid anymore. Now I know that it doesn’t matter whether or not I can achieve my dream, what important is I need to try my best to get close to that dream as much as possible. Aung San Suu Kyi is indeed the most inspirational person I have ever seen. I hope I can meet her once in my life. Maybe I will see her in the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum!

Derek Le
Nobel Peace Prize Forum

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