Have the courage to take ‘half a step’ forward into a new life

Courtesy of ayanonono

A video showing ayanonono giving advice to new high school students

By ayanonono / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHello, everybody. It’s ayanonono. The new school year has finally begun. I’m sure many of you at school are feeling both hopeful and nervous in the face of a new environment. You may wonder, “Can I make new friends?” or “Can I keep up with my studies?” Today, I’d like to introduce to you my own method on how to make a good start in this new life.

First of all, I didn’t know anyone in my homeroom class in my first year of junior high school, because unfortunately all my good friends from elementary school were split into different classes. What I did then was to hand out my cell phone address to my new classmates. On the first day of the first term, I wrote my cell phone address on pieces of paper and gave them to classmates I knew only by name. Before thinking what to do if they rejected me or drew back, my courage prevailed. The strategy worked, and we could become friends. I’m not good at studying, but I thought, “Others won’t be so receptive anyway, so I’ll just study little by little.” Basically, I don’t take things negatively.

When I was in the first year of high school, I started streaming videos. It was a completely new world to me, so I had no clue at all. I gathered my courage and contacted a famous YouTuber via Twitter, who responded to me, “I always watch your videos,” and we started corresponding. I was really glad about that. It really motivated me to make more videos, and I continued doing video streaming.

Come to think of it, a little courage is what you need in your new life, like relaxing your shoulders in a good way and taking half a step forward. (lol) I’m streaming a video with a compilation of my advice for high school life. Please have a look.

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YouTuber ayanonono began posting videos during her first year of high school, quickly becoming popular. She uploads videos every day on a wide variety of content, such as makeup tutorials, new product introductions and food reports, looking at the subjects from the viewpoint of her generation.

This article is a translation of the YouTube column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original Japanese text and its translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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