I believe that the word “yes” is a magical word that opens doors. This word has brought me wonderful experiences that I can’t get in my home country, Japan. For me, experiences are the most important things in my life, and are exactly what I’m gaining here at Northwest Missouri State University in the United States while studying abroad. When I make any choice in life, I always refer back to my experiences.
Before I left to the United States, I worried how I would gain experience. At that time, I saw a great movie called “YES MAN” (starring Jim Carrey, 2008). The story is about an unlucky guy who changes into a great guy by saying “yes” to everything. And it inspired me to increase my opportunities to gain experiences to make the most of my life in the U.S. I thought, I should say YES to everything.
I am really enjoying my life in the U.S., and I am sure that it is thanks to the magical word YES. More than one month has passed since I became a “yes-man.” I always say yes when I am invited to something. Since Americans are really friendly, they invite me to a lot of things. For example, so far I have been invited to play some sports, watch sports, share meals, go out somewhere and study together. So, even when I may feel a bit busy, I try to say YES because I know I need to make the most of my time abroad.
One more reason why I recommend being a yes-man is that you will make friends. You have a new opportunity to communicate with people every time you are invited to join something. As I mentioned before, Americans are really friendly, and they have always welcomed me. As you meet people, you can expand your community with friends from all over the world where you can learn a lot of things about other countries such as languages, culture and foods.
I have decided to that YES is the password to gain experiences that may otherwise be behind closed doors. It has worked very well so far, and I believe it will work well from now going into my future. I think that a lot of people could also benefit from knowing this password, so I strongly recommend saying YES when you study abroad.
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