Food delivery boy admitted to dream university

A food delivery boy from Chongqing, who made headlines for messaging his customer in English five months ago, has been admitted by his dream university.

A food delivery boy from Chongqing, who made headlines for messaging a customer in English five months ago, has been admitted to his dream university.

Mao Zhaomu, 18, received his admission letter from Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) for its self-taught courses on August 10.

He returned to the campus on August 14 where he worked as a courier, but is now a student.

A food delivery message in English that he sent to a customer, a student at SISU in March, went viral on Chinese social media, leading Mao's encouraging story to be widely reported by the media, attracting public attention.

Mao became interested in English in middle school. Inspired by his former English teacher who entered the university by taking the self-taught examination, Mao dropped out of high school last year and aimed to enter SISU the same way.

He started working at a restaurant in SISU and delivering takeout food on campus at the beginning of March. He explained at the time that he messaged his customer in English as a way to practice because he thought all SISU students would know the language.

Even after he became an Internet sensation, Mao still insisted on learning English in his spare time every day after delivery work.

A Shanghai teacher, known as Kevin, also helped him to improve his English via the Internet.

He stopped delivering food at the beginning of last month and focused on preparations for college application. Now, his dream has come true.

Mao said the people who he thanks most are his parents who are both farmers in Bishan, who supported his decision to go to university. He hoped he could make money before they become too old to fly so he could take them traveling.

He also hoped that he could take part in an English talk show by CCTV during university period.


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