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The Roller Coaster Friendship/Christy Prawira

It was a nice day that turned out to be a disaster when my professor skimmed through my thesis introduction, and her face turned red. She suddenly put down my paper and looked me in the eyes. “I think you have an attitude problem here. There has been no progression on your paper! I don’t think you are serious about this. Maybe you should find another professor!” My heart was pounding fast and tears were on the edge of falling. I tried my best to hold it and apologized couple times. My professor gave me a minute to think and decide if I still want to be her advisee. I tried to calm my heart down, when she came in with my best friends a minute later. “Surprise!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!” It was a moment of shock and I could not believe what I just heard. I could not hold my emotions anymore.
Apparently the drama was prepared by two of my childhood best friends who came with me to Taiwan. Studying abroad with my best friends has been a roller coaster. There were good times, but there were also times when I thought that our friendship was cold. There were times that I thought they might have found new best friends and I just had to move on. However, true friends stay close to heart, and my experience is a testament.
My best friends were done in exposing their love. I was given a mission card that told me to go to Danshui. Still shocked by the prank, I could hardly think on what to come. I was greeted by beautiful night scenery, the sweet familiar aroma of the ocean, and my best friends standing there with a camera. They immediately gave me another mission card and took me around with a motorbike, which I never rode before. My mission was to order bubble tea in Chinese, which I’m horrible at. It was a tough one for me, but when I did it, the lady said “Happy Birthday” and gave a present and a mission card. The next mission was to solve a puzzle and go to “the mermaid who sells coffee”. The barista also gave me a present and another mission card. I had to go to couple more places before the last one. The mission card led me to my favorite café, LATTEA. When I arrived, my best friends and some other friends were there to celebrate with me.
This is just one of the many memorable events with my best friends in Taiwan. My birthday was a wonderful reminder that with your best friends, it is like the Liverpool motto, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. I am more than blessed to have them come along side with me here, to celebrate, to learn, to love, and strengthen each other in times of need. I know for a fact that it will be a journey worthwhile with my amazing buddies in Taiwan.