“Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what’s next.”
Five months ago, on May 20th, the very moment I stepped onto the airplane from New York Kennedy Airport to Shanghai Pudong Airport, I knew my journey would start to change.
With thousands of covid cases happening out there in New York , even up in the air, I felt I was surrounded by germs and virus. I felt thirsty：no, I shouldn’t drink, what if some sneezed; I felt hungry：no, I couldn’t eat, what if someone coughed; I was even too afraid to use the restroom. I really wish to insulate myself in a vacuum bubble . After 20 hours of suffering, I finally arrived at the hotel with tiredness and I was starving. But that was only the start of anther suffering —- 14 days quarantine.
I still had to attend live online classes in the United States, meanwhile keep in contact with friends and families in China. Basically, I was like a cat. Eating, Sleeping, purring, jumping to the window and peep out. Oh yeah, reading and drinking coffee too. This horrible schedule almost killed my body since my body relies so much on a healthy diet.
After the 14 days of being like a prisoner, I was finally free! First time in 3 months! Can you imagine how happy I was! But soon I start to worry about my school life in September. I solemnly told my parents, “Mom, dad, I can’t do the same thing as I did during quarantine in Shanghai. I need to fix my schedule.” The suggestion they gave me was that I should go to an international school for the schedule but keep doing my online remote classes.
I gathered with a friend who was in the same situation and we together started to look for schools. Of all the school we visited, they said sorry to us or they said that we had to attend their classes too. I was miserable.
So on the last day, I packed all my stuff and set out to the airport. Feeling depressed of not knowing what’s waiting for me in the future. Suddenly, my mom asked me: “Wendy, there is another school in QingPu district; this is our last chance;do you wanna go tomorrow and have one last try?” I answered her with a big yes but I know it was impossible. They are not gonna accept us anyway.
On the next day, on August 25th, 12:51pm, my first time of stepping into SHBS, I had no idea that my high school life would start to change from then. I got attracted from the environment of the campus and the swings and the trampling: everywhere seemed so perfect for a student’s learning place. Later, we got to the point to talk to Mrs. Liu. I was afraid because all the previous schools denied us during this stage. But what surprised me was that she said she actually understood students like me and she accepted students like me! I loved her so much for a second because SHBS gave me a chance!
I moved into the dorms immediately and I could never imagine how quickly we made the decision. SHBS gave me so many chances that my other friends who studied at home couldn’t get! I founded my own speech club; I attended the sportsmanship and recital competition; I became hostess for times; and most importantly, I made a group of smart, funny, helpful, caring amazing friends! They changed my life and made my life colorful! SHBS gave me harvest!