Friends in China

As my study abroad comes to an end, I look back at all the fun I’ve had and all the new things I’ve been able to experience. However, the part that makes this trip even better is all of the friends I’ve made. I’ve made friends with other international students living in Tonghe, international students living on the main campus, and some Chinese students. I truly appreciate being able to have the opportunity to meet these new friends and get to know them better.

The first friend I made here is a girl named Julia. She a graduate student from Russia working on her masters in Chinese. I met her at a dance showcase, and since then we have become good friends. We dance and do martial arts together and she is always inviting me to hang out with her and her friends. She was also so helpful during my first month in Shanghai. She kept me informed about Fudan International student events, and also helped translate for me while we are in dance and martial arts classes. I can also practice speaking Chinese with her and in exchange I help her with her english. In addition, through Julia I’ve met even more friends, each of whom have been warm and welcoming.

Another girl who I’ve become really close to is Chantel. She is also an international graduate student from California here at Fudan for medical school. Coincidently, she is also friends with Julia. While we are not in any clubs together we often get lunch or dinner and go out together on the weekends.

In addition to other international students, I have become friends with some Chinese students. I met all of my Chinese friends through dance and my Friday psychology class. One thing that really left an impression on me was, my friend Jane from my Chinese dance class, gave me a going away present. She said that she was glad we could be friends and wanted to give me a little something before I left. I thought this was so extremely nice of her, especially since we really just started talking about a month ago. I also feel that my Chinese typing and reading has improved from talking to her and my other Chinese friends on Wechat.

I love all of the new friends I’ve made, but this is going to make leaving China even harder. While it is extremely easy to keep in contact with people though Wechat, I still worry that we will grow farther and farther apart due to busy schedules and different time zones. However, even though leaving will be hard, I am still very grateful for the opportunity to meet so many new and wonderful people.