How do you identify a girl studying abroad?
Look at her hands. Tell-tale sign number one is if she has ink all over her skin. You’ll notice that it’s smudged along her palm, her wrist, her fingers. Ask her how she’s doing. Then ask if she’s written home to her family recently. Listen to her voice catch. Watch as her eyes blink too fast when you ask if she misses home. Pretend not to notice when she looks out the airport window and rub her eyes. Leave a pack of tissues when you get up to go to your boarding gate. Don’t say goodbye; she has had enough of goodbyes for now. This is a girl who packs up her goodbyes behind her lips, but she never says them, because she’s afraid that if she says them they will spill out and become her past. So she locks them up tight behind her teeth and smiles. She tells you that she’s blessed to have had this opportunity. Don’t ask her if she wants to come back. Nine times out of ten, she will always tell you yes.