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Woman, 19, Vietnam: Family Doesn't Understand Her

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I am studying at Tra Vinh University and majoring in English. Therefore, I often listen to audios of VOA. I have just heard about a man in Brazil who is very shy and cannot find friends. Similarly, I am very sensitive and shy. Also, I cannot integrate into other friends' jokes.

My family can't understand me. They don't want me to study because my family is very poor. They often grumble and scold me about my expenditure at university. Now, I feel vey lonely, sad and worried about my future.

How can I live and study without anyone who can share with me my sadness. I really need a piece of advice from VOA, my friend.