I used to be shy but study abroad changed me

By Vy Dang, international student from Vietnam studying at Burnaby South Secondary School

To be honest, study abroad has changed me a lot as a person. I used to be really shy when I first came here. I was worried about what people would think of me, and I tried to please everyone. Sometimes, I forced myself to find at least a best friend, but I failed. Thus, I just spent most of the time on my own. I realized that friendships could not be forced; I just had to be opened to anyone.

Gradually, I participated in clubs, and I tried to stop caring too much about what others would think of me. After two years, I have more friends, whom I consider my family. Even though I am still an introvert, I opened my heart more to people, and I am honest with myself. I say whatever I think it is right without considering if it will satisfy anyone or not. Still, I never want to insult anyone, but I just try to live with myself.

My life has become more enjoyable than ever. I have friends all over the world that I can totally rely on, and I have the most unforgettable memories ever. I volunteer with friends from different grades, and I join parties at school with them as well. It is such a relief and just a really simple yet profound happiness when there is always someone saying hi to me in the hallway. Now, I am more confident and comfortable with my life. I am so thankful for having such wonderful people by my side through thick and thin.

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