By Jess56 - 6/9/2019 06:01 - United States

Fun is overrated

Today, I met the exchange student who will be living with us for a year. As we were talking, she told me that she doesn't like reading, writing, drawing, athletics, watching television or listening to music. What does she like to do during her free time? Study. It's going to be a long year. FML
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By  KhalisKat  |  6

She's an exchange student so her grades matter for a lot of reasons (financing, equivalence when she goes back home, wants to use this experience to put on her CV for a good university). Also, it depends where she's from... In some countries, kids really do sacrifice a lot for a good college or university. Maybe propose some fun time that is also related to her studies? Museums, conferences... She might open up a bit.

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By  iamnuff  |  11

Asian?

If so, it's more likely that she's simply never been ALLOWED to have a hobby or enjoy anything beyond keeping her grades up, and she's all queued up to have a breakdown or public suicide in about five or ten years.

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  iamnuff  |  11

Yes.

See, you probably think you're being clever by pointing out that 'Asia' is a continent with multiple countries it in, but I actually used _all of Asia_ for a reason.
Pretty much that whole continent has the same cultural shit going on with parents, schools and studying.
Which specific country she's from doesn't actually matter.

I mean, I guess china and japan are worse than the others, but none of them are exactly good.
Any country that ties their children's worth as a human being to their exam grades, and massive suicide spikes amongst teenagers around exam-time as a result of that, can all sit happily in the same bracket, as far as I care.

By  KhalisKat  |  6

She's an exchange student so her grades matter for a lot of reasons (financing, equivalence when she goes back home, wants to use this experience to put on her CV for a good university). Also, it depends where she's from... In some countries, kids really do sacrifice a lot for a good college or university. Maybe propose some fun time that is also related to her studies? Museums, conferences... She might open up a bit.

By  Yudith  |  20

Bring some table games and tell her it's an exercise to improve her language skills. Also, ask her to prepare an exposé about the fun stuff people do where she comes from. You know, to practice her language skills. Try to learn her language; that will make her laugh.

By  skippydoda  |  32

I teach children in China. I taught teenagers for five years at an after school training school. Most of them would be at training schools for eight hours every Saturday and Sunday. Plus regular school homework. I wouldn't be surprised if that's all she's been allowed to do.