My mom asked me how I felt about moving to China for her work
I didn't know how to feel about it at all. It would be such a huge change in my life. For reference, I'm an American moving into my junior year of high school (I'm 16). I don't know a lick of Chinese.
She told me it wouldn't be likely that it would happen, but in the case that it does, how different would life and school be?
Thanks in advance. I haven't posted here before, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules with this post.
I moved with my family and did my senior year of High-School in an international school there. Afterwards I stayed a year extra (my family still lived there though) and studied Chinese at the university. I have zero regrets about moving. You'll make friends from all over the world, you'll learn a new language (the basics, at least), and get to really see a and experience a foreign culture. Visiting is one thing but living there is another. If you're going to go there as part of some company's expat program it's going to be sweet beans. It depends on her job ofc but at least for me and most of my friends in that high school had drivers, housemaids, and great apartments with a relocation office to help with moving, visas and stuff life that.
Honestly, I'd urge her to take it. I don't think I know anyone who regrets moving there. And even if you don't like it that much it'll only be for a couple of years and you'd be back in wherever and realize nothing has changed at home and you're an experience richer.
/u/timlars is offering some good solid advice, and great perspective. It will be hard, it sucks to feel like you are leaving your existing friends (and possibly the kids you have grown up with) right when you turn 16. you are walking away from a lot of quintessential American Teenage things. Driving, prom, etc. that being said, all your friends now, will be going their separate ways in a few years to college, so you are just doing it a little earlier. Assuming you are headed towards an international high school, you will have tons of fun, tons more freedom, and will expand your horizons in unimaginable ways. that's not to say that it's an easy decision or position for a teenager to make, but it's a cool, unique opportunity. The people I've met who grew up here, and went to US college and came back, are all very mature, distinguished young adults. but I know it sucks...trying to put myself in your position, I'm not sure if I would have been able to be objective enough to pull the trigger and make the plunge, but as an older person, I hope you are able to make the jump, and do it with enthusiasm and get the most out of it that you can. Good luck OP! come back and let us know what you decide!