I will first tell him/her my name and grade level, and why I'm interested in media. For example, I would respond by saying "Hi my name is ..., I'm your pen pal from Kauai. I go to ... and I'm in the media productions class. I joined the class because I love to ..." something like that.
Then I will ask her about his/her interests and hobbies. Last year, I asked both of my pen pals about their interests and hobbies. One said that she was interested in soccer, so we would talk about soccer since I''ve played soccer for a short time. My other pen pal said that she likes pets, so we could share things about our pets. By finding our activities we have in common, hobbies, and interests we were able to find something to talk about.
Lastly, I would share what competition I will be in at STN. I don't know what competition I will be in yet, but if he/she gets back to me before I know my category then I will email back and say what I would like to be in.
These are some of the thing I would like to share with my pen pal and I can't wait till I get to meet him/her in person! It's so exciting! ByE!!!