I talked with an Australian friend on Skype for the first time in almost two years. He was a high school student when we talked with the last time and now he is a second year college student. He has grown up with wearing beard. His major is computer science.
He studies Japanes by himself now because he likes Japanes manga and animation. He is struggling with learning kanjis. He really wants to read Japanese novels, but kanjis prevent reading them smoothly.