December 2019, Vol. XXV, No. 4

Article Index

 

5) What Else?

"I'm building some great memories with my family and friends from school. Some events in life are so special that the memory stays with you forever, and every moment I spend here is a special memory I want to remember forever."

—Fatima (YES, Pakistan), hosted by the Gilpatric family (WI)

Turning Dreams into Reality

Exchange student Tilyan from Pakistan poses with her host mother 

I still find it a dream when I see myself living with an American host family. It means the world to me—not because they are the only people I know in the USA, but because they are the best people I have ever met in my life.

Two years ago, I had no idea I could have a family in another part of the world, but this exchange year has made it possible.

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Future American Farmer?

Teenage girl from Indonesian in front of Future Farmers of America sign 

In November, I joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA) without any clue what it was. Fast forward to the first big opportunity: a Foundations in Reaching Excellence (FIRE) Conference.

I initially thought that since my FFA chapter was paying the admission cost, why not give it a shot? I wouldn’t have guessed that it would be so very beneficial to me. 

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Folksy, Phone-Free Weekend

Exchange students at Thai culture stand 

I had my cultural activity with my community coordinator and other exchange students. It was so much fun. We had a phone-free weekend which allowed us to interact more and get to know each other better.

We went on a hike to the Fox River and played team building games, had a leadership activity, and played American games!

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