On April 15th, 2013, I was sitting in an auditorium at Connecticut College, surrounded by other incoming freshmen, learning more about the four years ahead of us at the institution we had all chosen to matriculate into. Everyone in that auditorium had ambitious goals for how they were going to spend their college years, and we were very eager to get started.
Upon stepping out of the seminar in the Connecticut auditorium, another member of my class looked at his phone, only to learn of the news coming out of Boston that afternoon. Knowing that I am from Boston, he approached my parents and I to inform us that there had been two devastating explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
As we drove the 2 hours back to our home from the college campus in New London, my parents and I sat silently, listening to news reports on the radio, reading live updates on our phones, and learning about the tragic deaths of 3 marathon spectators, as time went on.
That same day that I was beginning my experience with higher education, educational goals were cut short for Lingzi Lu, a graduate student at Boston University. Lingzi had exemplified ambition, coming all the way from China to achieve her goal of studying at Boston University but her life tragically ended on April 15th, 2013.
After college, I moved to Boston to attend graduate school at BU, about 30 minutes away from my hometown. This point is when I began working towards my goals in the city that exemplifies pride, ambition, teamwork, and achievement. Just as the whole city came together almost 7 years ago to support each other following the tragedy, Bostonians continue to support the runners making the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boylston street.
The Lingzi Foundation honors the example set by Lingzi Lu, who spread love and compassion while fearlessly following her dreams, by providing educational opportunities for courageous and ambitious students like her, and supporting organizations that reflect her passions and recognize those making a positive impact in building bridges between cultures and communities.