Yeah ….. I find this topic really whirred…. And finds it difficult to start since friendship has to have a connection; with nature, people, place, events and so on, to bring the whole picture of the writing. As such, my writing is focused on making Friendship in Taiwan with people around you.

There are many valuable things in Taiwan, particularly in National Taiwan University life, but friendship may be one of the most important parts of studying. To live life without the experience of friendship in a University with many International students is life without living. Human interaction is a necessity to survival, and developing friendships are essential to the successful well being of anyone. But to all, Friendship has no defined terminology. The definition of a friend, and friendship, is based upon own individual’s notions. Many people look for different characteristics in friends, ways that may be common in nature. There are many different types of friends that a person needs or wants to establish some kind of friendship with.
Throughout the many unique and individual experiences I went through, some friendships I made here to both local and international students were almost one in a million.  These friends shaped me and framed me in so many ways.  I have learned an unfathomable amount of things through these friendships as well as accumulating a lot of personal growth.  The significance of friendships in my own Taiwan experience has taught me unique lessons such as; open minded, respect and growth, and has given me a strong feeling for who I am.

During my life here in Taiwan, I have been exposed to many kinds of people of all ages and ethnicities which have taught me things that I had never learned and known before.  Thinking back through all the memories and times, I have some aesthetic tastes of some person’s personality through the personal experiences with them and in here I mean, the good ones. I guess I found many of those people whom I enjoyed things with to be interesting and especially through things we share in common that let us feel comfortable. Friendship is a very personal and fascinating unique experience.  This is what makes friendship an exceptional phenomenon.

One of the positive parts of my friendship in Taiwan is learning the lessons from sharing experiences from each other, and almost every experience; there is a lesson to learn. These lessons are varied from time to time in shaping my views and perceptions.  Learning any lesson with a friend, whether it be significant or not, will bring you closer together. The experiences that are learned were done in your own way which only you will feel and experience and its impact.  Some of these important lessons set a personal impression in my life that includes love, happiness, success, growth, maturity, attitude, behavior and a handful of other psychological feelings. 
Through friendship in Taiwan for the past one year, I have accumulated great openness by allowing myself to know a person and learn what they are all about.  When you learn a significant amount of ways about people’s lives, one can look back and reflect on ones own life.  I cannot walk up to a person with my head filled with prejudgments and conclusions.  So many times my assumptions were wrong and surprised they turned out to be so opposite and different. 
Through my experiences with friends in Taiwan, I learned respect as one important foundation in life and may be because of the Asian culture that everyone here are nurtured in.  A close, strong friendship is so powerful when you know that you can always count on others and through that relationship a bonded respect can be formed. 
Through playing various sports and major tournaments in the school was when I first felt the feelings of respect and care for another person and colleagues. There is something about sports that binds the friendship together, the winning together, the losing together, the good and the bad, all seems to bring people closer together.  This is all experienced in Taiwan with many friends in the name of sports. You can know that no matter whether you win or lose, the team and you¹re friends will still be there.  Knowing that makes me feel a great respect for them.

I have personally grown a great deal through the experiences with every friendship I have had in the school.  And the unique part of this is the ways in which I have grown are always mine alone and could never be exactly experienced by another person.  By allowing myself to grow with others, I can analyze and make my decision based on what I know from them and myself. On the other hand, some may only have their own experiences based on their decisions and perceptions.

To conclude, life and friendship in Taiwan with people around you can be worthwhile for your own self development and maturity in life. I learned respect and openness from my friends and it has made my friendships stronger and a means to an end.  I grew from all the experiences I went through with my friends.  As a saying goes ‘A friend in need is a friend in deed’ and friendship is something very special, personal and powerful and plays an important and unique role in my life.
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