My High School Friend – Jun Xu
I had a best friend when I was in high school in Guangzhou, China. His name is Jun Xu. He is living in Vancouver, Canada now. We still keep in touch even we are all over 40 years old.
I clearly remember that Jun Xu joined in our school in the second year of high school. He moved from Shanghai to Guangzhou with his parents. Jun Xu was a good-looking tall guy. He was almost a head higher than me. When we walked together, other classmates said we looked like father and son.
At first, Jun Xu didn’t understand Cantonese, you know, in our school we all spoke Cantonese at that time, even we were taught in Cantonese in classes. That was a big problem for Jun Xu. He could speek Mandarin and Shanghai dialect only. So, after school, I needed to explain the main points of the classes to Jun Xu and help him to complete homework. I did lose much time for entertainment after school, but I spent more time in helping Jun Xu’s studies. There was an old saying in Chinese “Teaching is the Best Way to Learn”. We both made a lot of progress in studies.
Jun Xu was a very smart guy. He learned things very quickly. After one year, he became one of the top three students in our class. Furthermore, he could speak Cantonese in daily life, but with a strong accent. He always made me laugh when he spoke in Cantonese.
After having graduated from high school, we both attended the same university and studied the same major. We were classmates again. After graduated from university, Jun Xu went to Germany to continue his studies and I worked in Guangzhou. For the next few years, we hadn’t kept in touch as we usually did. A few years later, I was told Jun Xu married a Canadian nurse.
We contacted again when Jun Xu immigrated to Canada. I am planning to visit him this coming Spring Break.
Peng Wang is one of the most important people in my life. He was my best friend in high school; we lived in the same bedroom. In my memories, he always studies all night while I slept on his right side. I was gradually used to turn on the lights to sleep. He is an exceptional person, his kindness, hard working and persistence, qualities had a strong influence on me, because these qualities followed me a long time.
His kindness was expressed by helping poor people in financial matters. We had to buy some fruit as daily food on weekends. When we would go to the bazaar, he didn’t focus on fruit whether they were fresh or not. He just looked at the sellers clothing which had patches and looked in great poverty. He would run to that seller’s stall, and usually let the seller keeps change. I had the habit of charity under the influence of Peng Wang. When I see homeless people, I always want do something for them, even if one dollar helps. My heart grown happy for a long time.
He is a hard working person, because he kept writing when he was at the school. He always spent him free time on writing. There does not have a computer for typing at that time. He just used a pen to write on paper with articulate words. There are a lot of manuscripts at our bedroom. I looked at those manuscripts, and become surprised that an emaciated boy wrote these papers. One manuscript was stacked rather high and word pround difficult for people to read since it looked so long. that reads these manuscripts could difficult for the people. He perseverance to completed it. He did not came to Beijing, but his aricle published in< Beijing Daliy News>. I knew that this is a reward for him. I tried to write something under the influence of him. Writing allowed me to realize the joy of creation. My college course is ESL. It is difficult for me. I want to relax when I see some difficult problems, but Peng’s spirit encourages me to overcome obstacles.
Persistence is a perfect word to describe Peng Wang. Writing has become a part of his life, it important was as eating, sleeping and breathing. If any of them part are missing, his life cannot continue. He had a dream of immigrating the United States, where is a free country. He was preparing as an international student, and used a pen to go plan the whole process. Over four years, he opened a door at New York University by a page of perfect eassy. This is best reward for him, yet he achieved this became of his persistance.
We are keeping in touch right now. I learned about he how to become a great man. If say, everybody’s life was like a book, I would like to write an extraordinary story the same as Peng Wang on my page.
My High School Friend
Everyone must have his or her close friend. In fact, people always mention that “at home there are family members to take care of you or help you, but outside friends instead of your family take care or help you on everything”. So making friends are very important for everyone. Although I have many friends. But my closest friend is called Thanh in my high school in Vietnam.
I know him about ten years ago when I was 17 years old,. Thanh is older than me by two years. he has a good looking outside, his eyes are small like Koreans. He has a pretty nose like the famous singer Andy Lau .He is 6.1″ tall like a model. My friend Thanh is a sunny day. I still remember he always told me 2 sentences ” think before you do something, never give up in middle, finish to the end. Help people to make yourself happy”. He is a person like to help people. He always help old people across the street, buy food for homeless people or give them money. He helps me a lo in homework or money problems. Because my family is very poor. I don’t have enough money to buy books or pay fees for school. He always pays for me.
I am very happy and lucky that I made a friend like Thanh. I will keep a good relationship with him forever. Follow the sentences he said to me, to be successful in my future.
She was the first classmate i met on the first school day. To be honest, I didn’t like her because she was too sensitive to the cleanness of her desk. Otherwise, I was not good at socializing, maybe keeping quiet was the best way for me.
I never thought that we could be such close friends. Ond day, everything began as usual, but we would have physics lab.For me, almost everything a first tine in high school. I was a little bit panic about that.Not only because the lab was difficult,but also I needed a partner! I didn’t talk a lot in my class.I was just like invisible person. I told myself, I could do that without anyone.This lab was about Free Fall. Every group had at least two people that could finish. I stand here and felt so helpness. Suddently, I found she had two partners.It is unfair. Why such a mean girl could have two partners? My hear was so hurt like somebody hitting it.She seemed to realize what I thought and came to me. I could feel that my face turned red. Maybe a big fight would start.”Can I be your partner? If you wanted.”she said. I was so shocked that I didn’t know how to answer and stand here like a wire pole.”Can I be your partner?”she asked again. I nodded.”My name is Zhang Mei, you can call me May, my english name. You know, it’s very popular to have an english name.”she said.”Really? I don’t know that.” I answered in a very low voice.”Anyway, let’s finish this lab. I did this kind of lab when I had out school class. So those guys want to be my partner.”She was so talkative and active. I really misunderstood her personality. Absolutely, we got very high scores in that lab.
After this lab, we became very close friends. May told me the reason she liked hang out with me it was quiet. She could talk all the time and I just listened. I told her that I didn’t like her at the first time. She said she knew that. So she wanted to fix it. A friend is always better than an enemy. Until now, Free Fall was the deepest memory in my heart.
Class: E.S.L. 6A
Name: Xiangyi Mei
My High School Friend Agnes
Agnes is one of my best friends in high school. I still remember the first day we met at school. Her optimism impressed and affected me so much.
The first day in school, it rained heavily. So, after lunch, I stayed at classroom finding something to do. At this time, Agnes came in alone. In my hometown, asking others whether they had lunch or not is polite. I asked her, and then she said she had already eaten lunch alone. “If I ate lunch alone, I would feel lonely.” I said. But her words reminded me of my lunch experience, eating with a classmate who kept talking and talking when I was eating was more tolerated than eating alone. She said: “Eating alone is better than eating with someone you don’t like.” We said maybe we could have lunch together tomorrow. In fact, the time we had lunch together for almost 3 years.
You would think she didn’t study hard because she took it easy in all tests or exams. Even she messed up in her exams; she still believed she could do it better in the future. I would become nervous when I was waiting for my score. She seemed not to care about the mark so others would consider she didn’t take it seriously. As a matter of fact, we always studied together at weekends. She comforted me when I got low mark. She said: “Why you waste your time feeling upset on the thing which has already passed away. Keep moving on, you can do nothing about the past but you still handle your future.”
Everyone thought she enjoyed having fun all the time. Because she knew where she had delicious food to eat and where she had interesting entertainment to play. But I know she wasn’t only focusing her mind on those things. Her mum complained her father always played cards with his friends and smoked when he was playing cards. She understood her father did this for business and had no choice. So, she wrote a 4-full-page letter to her father. She tried her best to help her mum and her father to solve this problem. Her consideration also impressed me.
Now, she is in Sydney and I am in Los Angeles. We struggle for our life in different places. We still encouraged each other as usual; even we are in different places.