I took my first Mandarin lesson in 8th grade in 2016 at the Confucius Chinese Culture and Language Institute in Huntsville, AL. I remember thinking I would never get the hang of it. But I've stuck with it and as a high school Freshman I was able to enroll in Mandarin 2 and I am fortunate to have a great teacher Mrs. Chiu. It has been challenging at times but also fun. My plan is to take Mandarin 3 my sophomore year next year and I hope to become more fluent.
Right now, I'm working on an idea for a Chinese children's book. Once I'm done, I think kids will really like it!