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Translation of Shangwen's Letter

Here is a translation of Shangwen's latest letter! Please message him to show your continued support.

Best wishes for a happy 2010,

The Givology Translation Team

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Dear Givology,

How are you? First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for your support and trust, as well as your concern toward my parents!

During this semester classes have been stressful, and even though I’ll go back home in less than a month, I’m really busy! There’s a lot of work back there but I can’t even help my family which makes me feel really guilty.

Classes are not as easy as they used to be. They have become more exhausting and sometimes it’s difficult to finish all my work so my grades are also affected. In those instances, my teacher always tells me, “You just need to work hard; good grades are not everything;” however, aren’t grades important in one’s education? I also ask myself, “Am I working hard enough?” This is why sometimes I feel very guilty, as if I am not doing what I should. It also makes me feel sorry for myself.

During this past half year, my family has been doing well. Life has been peaceful so that makes me happy. Dad’s work is also going smoothly, and my sister and I are also attending the same school. She’s a freshman in high school now. This allows me to see her every day!

As for myself, I feel that I’m not as introverted and shy as before. I think it’s because of the summer camps I twice attended! Now, whenever there’s an event, I can’t wait to be a part of it. It is so exciting because I feel that I’m finally becoming a grown-up man!

Wish you good health,
Shangwen Zhang

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