I came to China as nobody. I knew absolutely no one and no one knew me. There is a pleasant feeling of freedom when being in a place where no one knows you. That's one of the perks of traveling alone and being alone. As they say, you are who you are when no one is looking.
I spent less than 24 hours in this situation, lying in my hotel room jet lagged into outer space. I then met fellow peers I was going to study with and eventually found flat mates and made good friends.
But that is not enough.
I did not come to China to make buddies, I had many back in Toulouse, and very good ones.
Among others, I came to China to be somebody. Not a television or newspapers somebody, but a somebody in Lingnan College and why not Sun Yat-sen University.
This morning I walked into my Communication for Managers class and sat down at the back. At each session 6 to 8 students give a 3 minute speech on something they've experienced, liked, learned or accomplished. The teacher always requires students to ask questions and give their feedback. On last course I participated actively so this morning she asked me to be a part of a new concept she wanted to test during this class. She wished to have a panel of three students to refer to for feedback and comments and as she liked mine during the previous lecture she offered me to be a part of this jury.
I don't have anything more than the others, I'm not smarter or more intelligent nor gifted or better looking. I only have an opinion I expressed on several occasions and the teacher liked it. My credibility increased in her mind. As she represents the authority, when she introduced the panel of referring students to the class she granted us with a tea spoon of her authority and a big chunk of credibility.
In a matter of 2 minutes I went from the guy speaking a lot in the back to the guy who knows if a speech is good or not. I actually don't, I simply do my best to make it sound like it.
I'm a scam.
We all are.