Day 5: Trying to Make Friends

Making friends is something so very difficult, for me at least.

Everything was in place: woke up, had a pear for breakfast, finished schoolwork, had a daily meeting, and all that was part of our regular routine. Lunch, today, was special. Not that the food was good, nor was the staff especially amazing, although they were, it was--well, the customers. There was a large gathering of students all over the restaurant, all of them wearing the same uniform which spelled, "SPORTS". There was only one table behind us, it was a table with two girls. They were on their phones just talking to each other, when I turned to my lunch group, which consisted of Brandt L, Josie C, and Taylor S, and asked if I should ask their names. They sort of cheered me on (I hope they were cheering me on at least), and I turned around on my pint-sized stool and asked for their names. We struck up a short-lived awkward conversation and eventually met two of their other friends. After a few awkward exchanges of questions and me responding with, "oh well, that's cool", I mustered up the courage to ask for a picture with them. They almost said no, but one of their quite outgoing friends excitedly said "yes", which I was obviously pleased with. After talking with them for a while, our food came and, surprisingly, every once in a while, they initiated the conversation. This experience was especially fun, and allowed me to be able to open up a little. I would really hope if I could meet them again.

Hi, I'm Shirley X. and I was part of the 2018 Voyagers Group. I am from the United States but moved here to Shanghai in the sixth grade. After returning from Microcampus, I feel as though the experience has shaped and changed me in so many different aspects. The month long journey has helped me grow and I have learned so many lessons from the locals, the teachers, as well as my peers and hope to be able to return to the sensational town and community of Xizhou one day. After this, I will continue to apply everything I have learned to my life and onwards.