All I did was mention that I wanted to visit
But then I remembered why my sister went: to challenge herself to improve her Chinese. She wasn’t a Chinese teacher either; she just thought it was the right thing to do. Finally, I decided that I wouldn’t lose anything in going. Still, I had many doubts that I would like the course. I would be learning with adults, and their Chinese would all be far superior to mine. Could I handle it? Would it be a waste of three weeks of summer?
On July 15th, I found myself in
But then I met a nineteen year-old girl from
Yes, the hope was there for real. All the worrying about how hard the class would be was for nothing. I soon found out that the classes we were taking included classes about softwares and the internet. Apparently the class in Da Lian was entirely different from the one my sister took in
During the three weeks that I took the class, I eventually got so good at what we were learning that the adults in the class even turned to me for advice when they had trouble, and I was happy to help them. They called me ??, which means “little sister” in Chinese, and I felt older than I’d ever felt before.
That’s when I realized: Everyday, I’m older than the day before. I’m not a little girl anymore, and if I just take the opportunities as they come and try my best at them, I will always improve on something in my life just by trying, just by believing, just by hoping. Going to
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