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Some things are, in fact, lost in translation.
A university student in America took to Twitter to share a story about a classmate.
Nineteen-year-old Thomas McFall, from Youngstown State University, sits next to the same foreign exchange student in every one of his management classes.
The unnamed student, from a country in the Middle East, always stacks his books on McFall’s desk, and, to his annoyance, hurriedly removes them whenever McFall sits down.
Though he usually fills his Twitter feed with satire, McFall decided to go serious and share the heart-warming tale:
Hey guys, I know I usually just post shitty jokes on my Twitter but bear with me because I wanted to share somethin… https://t.co/akgh4o7wNy— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280148
According to McFall, the student didn't speak much English.
barely speaks English. The most advanced thing I've heard this guy say in English is "Wow, my muffin is really good… https://t.co/UeNtGqzktS— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280148
It really annoyed him that the guy put his stuff on his desk.
Now, every single time I walk into class this guy says "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And starts frantically clearing m… https://t.co/QvY7PnkpvZ— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280148
Surely it shouldn't be that hard to keep his stuff on his side?
I was ALWAYS annoyed with this guy. I'm thinking "Dude, you know I sit in this seat every day. Why are you always s… https://t.co/am1nNvLqNE— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280149
One day McFall arrived to class late...
And then he learned why the guy's stuff was always on his end of the desk. And it's really, really, cute:
As I'm standing there on my phone another guy who was also late walks into the class before me and tried to take my… https://t.co/IfLRfNyPBi— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280149
It was then that I realized this guy wasn't putting stuff on my seat to annoy me. He was saving me the seat every m… https://t.co/D6KzZecdqQ— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280150
McFall decided to take his buddy out for lunch.
I ended up going into class and of course he cleared the seat and said "Ah, Tom. You here. Okay." And I did get a h… https://t.co/VOYPDnL2em— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280150
And learned a few things.
The guy moved here from the Middle East to pursue a college education in America. He plans to go back after he gets… https://t.co/IUpWCCLtwN— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280151
I asked him how he liked America as well. He said he misses his family but it's exciting to be here. He also said "… https://t.co/2aSbFRRJOl— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280151
Moral of the story?
Moral of the story? Don't do what I do and constantly only think about yourself. It took me nearly the entire semes… https://t.co/z8gYObep25— Thomas McFall (@Thomas McFall) 1523280151
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