Mareefa and her host sister (and YES Abroad alumna) Grace

Mountain Bikes and Memories

It has been almost three months since I arrived in the United States of America. I feel like everything is going good. I have done a lot of activities. In the first week, I had a chance to go to the rodeo for the first time. It was great, and I liked it a lot.

My school started on August 21, 2017. I met new people, new friends, new teachers—they were so nice to me. They always helped me when I needed help or didn’t understand. In the first week, it was not easy to understand at all. I tried so hard.

I also joined the mountain biking team. This is my first time, and I was very interested in this activity. I found new friends in the club. September 22 was my birthday, and we had a wonderful party. On Halloween, my family and I dressed up and went trick-or-treating. It was so much fun, and we had a fantastic fall carnival at my school, too.

My host family is so wonderful and nice to me. They take care of me like I'm a part of their family. I did not take a long time to adapt to my host family at all; I feel so comfortable. I have such a great time with them. We always do activities together, such as shopping, watching movies, and playing games.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the United States Government, the Embassy of the United States in Thailand, AFS Intercultural Programs, and PAX - Program of Academic Exchange.

—Mareefa (YES, Thailand), hosted by the Wason family (UT)