Two years ago, I excitedly left my family and friends for my far away dream land, Canada. However, just on the second day after arriving here, the excitement was gone. I was homesick. I missed my family and my friends, and I missed my hometown. All I could do was to hurriedly call my parents. This was my experience. Many international students may have a similar experience. As international students, they study alone in strange countries. They need emotional supports from their family. They need connection with their old friends. In general, international students use letters, e-mail, telephone and online chat to keep in touch with family and friends far away.
Letters, the most traditional communication method, are still used by international students. Whether writing or reading a letter, the process is an emotional experience. For instance, when I wrote a letter to my family, I felt as if I had talked with them face to face. I didn't feel lonely anymore. All I could feel was love. When receiving a letter from my parents, I often open the envelope in a rush and read it carefully word by word. When finishing it, I would read it again just in case any word was omitted. The joy brought by the letter could last for days. However, waiting for a letter is not a joyful thing anymore. It's torture. The cycle of an international mail is time-consuming. For instance, it takes ten days for a mail from my hometown to Montreal.
Many students cannot stand the long wait. They choose the alternative, e-mail. Today, e-mail is widely used as a means of communication. First, the cycle time of an e-mail is very short. It is delivered as soon as the "Send" key is pressed. It only takes minutes or hours to arrive at the destination mail box. Second, e-mail is convenient. Unlike traditional mail, there is no stamp or post office trip for e-mail. The basic requirements are an e-mail addres


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