Having a second family


by Goddess - HCE Mentor

My name is Goddess. I’m 19 years old. I studied programing and I’ve started my own programming company. I like challenging myself and I love traveling and seeing new places. I’ve always been interested in China and I want children of my own someday, so the HCE program seemed like a great fit for me. I’m really close with my family back home, so it’s a great feeling to feel like a part of a second family. I really feel like like I have a second family.

I’ve always been interested in China and I want children of my own someday, so the HCE program seemed like a great fit for me

I love helping my host family with English and they’ve helped me learn some Chinese. My host mom actually took me to Dongmen (huge shopping area in Shenzhen) and taught me how to barter in Chinese. This experience has taught me a lot about raising children and I think it has helped my host family too. When I arrived, my host sibling was often naughty and my host mother confided in me that she doesn’t know how to discipline him. I asked her if I could help and she said yes. The next day, my host sibling and I were playing with toys and he snuck up behind me and hit me in the head with one. I took his toy and put it on a shelf where he couldn’t reach it for a day. That was the last time he hit me or his mother. I think he’s much nicer now than when I arrived. My host brother really is great and I love playing with him. I’ve always known I want kids someday and this is like a glimpse of the happiness they can bring.

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