The best support abroad
July 22, 2021 23:12
I still remember my first feelings when I entered my new school in Michigan. The high school, Plymouth-Canton Education Park was definitely huge, it has three buildings, a lot of classrooms… I felt so anxious and lost. Until I figured out that there are 14 more exchange students in the school! We were too lucky to find each other because each of us was outgoing, loved to socialize, meeting with different people, and also bringing them into our network.
Thanks to this huge group of exchange students, we managed to meet a lot of local people. Each of us was joining such different clubs and involving in sports, we always went to each other’s events to show our support. Our host families also did feel lucky because, for them, it was like having too many children 😊
We found ourselves participating in a lot of 5km with Mariana, from Brazil, (literally, we did a lot of 5km). I remember that one time, we were doing a 10km, however, at some point - I did have a breakdown and felt like can not move my legs anymore. I told her to run without me but she did not leave me. She was trying to motivate me and thanks to her encouragement- we managed to finish 10km somehow! 😊
I remember how Iris, from France, was talented in theatre that I always enjoyed watching her plays and we went to concerts, saw many movies and plays together. David, from Mexico, was always the star of parties with his dance moves, and once he starts to dance, everyone was just circling around him.
We did hang out a lot, always brought new people to our group, helped and supported each other, went to many football games! After 10 years, we do still regularly exchange messages and arrange long sessions of facetime!
With all of our hearts, we know that each of us has a home in different countries and will be always welcoming each other anytime! Seeing each other and being able to exchange during the COVID-19 lockdowns made life easier for us. We did even eat together while we are facetiming and prepared cocktails 😊