Today I randomly questioned a girl about her North Face backpack because I’d never seen one like it. I figured she got it abroad. It spurred an entire conversation about her recent arrival in the States as a Korean exchange student. She told me, “you are the person I admire the most–the person who can speak the perfect English.” While not always true, and her English was quite fantastic, it was a compliment that made my somewhat difficult day a little more cheerful. We ended up exchanging emails and have become facebook friends. She has offered to help me with anything I would like to know about Asian culture.
You just never know who you will meet by reaching out a little beyond “your zone.” You might even make a lifelong friend and those are hard to come by.