I’m really having so much fun here in Xiamen. Classes aren’t bothering me here because I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand. Also, our teachers are all nice.

I’m not feeling bad about being out of the loop among my friends at all. I think this trip will be able to help me refresh my social skills and improve them, plus I think after this I’ll feel so, so much better about everything, especially self-esteem. I need to be able to pull my grades up to be at least salutatorian when I graduate from high school.