According to the birth control policy in China, each married couple may have only one child. Because of this law, I am an only child in my family. My parents migrated to a coastal city called Shenzhen before I was born. As a result, my parents were separated from their families and raised me alone.
In China, many people deemed that I was fortunate for being an only child. They said that I didn't need to share anything with anyone, and my parents would always spoil me. That was what people thought of me. I used to assent to what they told me. Nevertheless, as I grew up, I didn't agree being an only child in my family was such a great thing. Yes, I admit that my parents would give me what I wanted, and I didn't need to share, yet I would never experience being part of an extended family.
When I heard my friends tell me how they fought with their brothers and sisters, how their brothers taught them, I wished these kinds of things would happen to me! I would desire I had elder brothers or sisters to help me if I argued with other kids. I would desire I could argue over toys with a brother or sister. I would even desire an older brother or sister to hit me if I annoyed them.
Because of this, I am one of the few students who is actually excited about living in a dorm. It will be like I finally get the brothers and sisters I've always wanted. I always imagine that I will live in a room with two of my best friends: we will share our food, work together in our academic work, yell at each other when we wait for the bathroom, and call each other brothers... I will hang out with my brothers in library when we are free; I will always have my brothers' back when they are in trouble; I will help my brothers solve any academic problems as long as we work together. I can still have chance to experience this kind of life with other people. I have yearned for starting a whole new chapter in my life in college.
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