Bejing-born Joy Kong was crushed when she learned her student Visa application was rejected. Not even the college scholarship or the letter of support from her mother’s former student - who is an American citizen- was enough to convince the United States government that Joy deserved to live and study in America.
For most people that would have been the end of a dream. They would tell themselves and others, “Oh well, at least I tried,” and nurture bitterness toward the country that rejected them.
But Joy Kong is not most people, and how she turned that rejection into just a stepping stone to becoming one of America’s greatest underdog stories is extraordinary.