Study Abroad: Hard Competition
By Sharon White
The first thing that went through my mind when I first arrived at the airport by myself in South Carolina was «now my life is starting to have a 180 degree change. After I arrived at school, I became so shy. I found out that I was the only Chinese student and the only international student in the school. On the first day of school, I could hardly make any friends because my English was very poor.
It was a military school, therefore it was something different from other regular middle schools. There were many differences. First, my school was run on a rank system like the real army. I was a new student so I received the lowest rank. The lower rank students have to give respect to the officers. Sometimes they would make the lower ranks do something that was against the school rules. For example, they would make you do homework for them, clean their rooms, and some other personal things.