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Mixed feelings abound before starting school

GOING back to school involves a sea of mixed emotions; not just because teenagers are hormonal. If you are a returnee, you might be put off by the hard work of the DP that awaits you, or you may be looking forward to seeing your friends again.

If you are new, like me, and have just moved from your home - Tokyo - where you've lived for 13 years, you might feel sad and excited to go to a new school. I've never moved anywhere since settling down in Tokyo. I felt sad to leave my friends behind, but excited to experience a new part of the world. A teacher of mine told me, that it's alright to feel sad and excited at the same time. It's only natural.

I am Canadian and was born in Canada. This is my first move since moving to Japan at age 3. I don't feel nervous about meeting new people; I'm looking forward to it. But I do feel nervous about going into the DP at a new school. This is part of the adventure of starting fresh. School starts soon. I haven't decided which emotion to feel yet, but that's alright. I miss my home, but I'm excited to make Shanghai my new one.

(Karlee Burke, left, 16, is a student from Western International School Shanghai)


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