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‘Heal through giving’: Survivor of an attempted assault is heading to a top U.S. law school

(March 09, 2018)

Cindy Qu, a resident of New York City, is the survivor of an attempted assault crime that happened in Florida in early 2014. Qu escaped from the tragedy without being physically harmed but was deeply traumatized, as she said. She then spent the next four years coping with the daunting memories this nightmare left her with. Striving for recovery, she grew stronger to get herself back on track and even on a promising path to the future.

In the past years, Qu started a job serving as a director of corporate culture at a top multinational consumer electronics company. Working around her busy schedule, and with a master’s degree in hand, she took her free time to study and prepare for more graduate school tests and applications. Qu’s hard work finally paid off, getting admitted into a top international affairs program at a university in Washington D.C. She also received invitation from the full-time MBA program at Columbia University for an interview, and lastly settled for the JD program at Emory University School of Law, enrolling as a full-time student in Fall 2018.

When asked about her final decision to go to law school and Emory Law, “I’ve always remembered how I was struggling with the pain and hurt of knowing that there were so many people who desperately seek legal help to get the justice that they deserved like I did before. I see going to law school as my destiny discovered through my misfortune, allowing me to fight for all of them,” Qu said. “Regarding Emory, I do hear the dean of its law school say that being a good person should be on top of being a good lawyer and I cheered him for saying that.” She continued, “We need more schools which can realize this simple fact. I do not go to law school to make big money; rather I went for helping the vulnerable and powerless. So apparently, Emory is where I should head to.”

Scrolling down Qu’s social media pages, we have some interesting findings. According to her Twitter account, Qu is a lifetime member of the world’s prestigious high IQ society the ‘Triple Nine Society’. The website of this society introduces itself as accepting adult who demonstrates an IQ at or above the 99.9th percentile of the human population, which indicates an IQ at or above 146.

Qu, seems to have put such gift into a variety of intellectual, artistic and social pursuits. As introduced in her bio info, she grew into “A grassroots fighter” fighting for grassroots, a philosopher, writer, artist and social advocate.”

Besides the two books she is writing, titled “Lovenemy” and “The Self-Made Networker”, a memoir and a guidebook respectively, which are expected to be published in the coming years, we can also read some of Qu’s own philosophical and inspirational quotes on Twitter. One quote says “No one and nothing in this world can deprive me of the right to laugh,” while another states “You cannot become a better someone else, you can only be the best of you.” One on adversity says “The value and meaning of life may be unfolded unexpectedly in your most unacceptable situation.”

Speaking of her artistic side, nothing can show Qu’s talent better than her Instagram page. There she claimed herself as “an avid amateur photographer and self-taught artist” who shot her own glamorous photos all by herself, using a $300 smartphone and a tripod.

Almost every photo shared on her Instagram page received hundreds of likes. When asked what particularly do people liked about Qu’s photos, one enthusiastic follower of Qu’s account replied: “Her photos are unique, they look effortless most of the time, not like those impeccable ones shot by professional photographers. But each photo tells a story. I can almost feel how she evolved herself in these photos and a lot of feelings I can echo while the aesthetic part is just amazing! She has great potential for sure.”

Well, we guess this follower is right. As a budding amateur, Qu did not miss catching the attention of some influencers in related industries. Among her fans, we saw fashion gurus, style bloggers, successful models and actors from California, Florida and even Europe, and a ton of photography, travel, and lifestyle big names. One account even exhibits a couple of Qu’s photos on their page, receiving more than a thousand likes each.

“I get inspiration from ordinary people from all walks of life and every corner in the world. They may not yet get recognized for what they’ve achieved, but they are my muses, and they are my heroes.” Lastly, the intrepid all-rounder answered a question on her inspiration, “Without looking up to them, I would not have gone this far. All I will do to thank them for the inspiration is to make the best out of my past to become someone who is capable of serving them even more and better in return. That’s my biggest wish for my future. And in this way, I heal myself through giving.”

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