FLEX student from Romania during a lab in her biomed class at her Indiana high school
Carmen enjoying a lab in her biomed class.

Future Medical Professional

Being an exchange student in Fort Wayne, Indiana has given me the unique opportunity to share my Romanian heart full of traditions with these amazing American people. Further, I’ve been experiencing a lot of great things so far. Thank you God for blessing me with such a special gift.

Once upon a time, on a sunny day in August, my plane landed in America. It feels like it was yesterday, and I can’t believe I’ve been living here for almost two months because time flies so fast. I left my Romanian nest, but I was welcomed in the sweetest and warmest way by the Johnson family. Tears of happiness filled my eyes, because I knew how lucky I was to be their daughter this year. My first day of school came very quickly. I’m pretty sure that helped me adjust faster, because involving myself in activities and being surrounded by new classmates gave me the feeling that I belong in my high school.

I want to pursue a career in the medical field, and this American high school gave me the chance to attend a biomed class—my favorite part of the day! We study a crime scene, but the manner in which we do it provides us a lot of knowledge about the human body.

I have had a lot of fun with my family traveling to places such as the Blueberry Festival in Plymouth. Also, I got the chance to visit Shipshewana, a place that made me feel like I was in a fairy tale. Then, I visited the Ohio Renaissance Festival with my PAX friends, and it was a great opportunity to travel back in time, to admire mermaids, pirates, and princesses. I enjoyed a huge delicious pineapple with ice-cream on top (no calories, of course). Further, the homecoming game showed me more about American culture.

Everything is great so far and I’m looking forward to volunteering at Lutheran Hospital in Pediatrics, singing in my first concert with my choir, and making new memories with my family!

—Carmen (FLEX, Romania), hosted by the Johnson family (IN)