I just received the following from a Chinese student involved in our US-China high school pen pal exchange. It speaks volumes about so many issues. Hope you enjoy it.
"I benefit a lot from this activity. I know how interesting a life the American students are living. Jade, my pen pal, tells me much about their life. I envy that they often have part-time jobs, dance and happy holidays without homework, which amazed me. Most Chinese students can never imagine these，because we spend too much time studying. In my opinion, we are good at self-control, but American students are more creative and active for they have more freedom.