I have been interested in studying abroad since the summer before sophomore year. I was not thinking too seriously about being an exchange student, however, because it was such a far-fetched concept to me. I mean let's be honest, I have never been away from my family for more than 5 days, never been outside of the country, and-to point out the obvious-I do not know any languages aside from English! So what made me think that this would EVER be a good idea? Well, I still have no clue! What I do know, though, is that I have a big passion for learning about different cultures and experiencing life from a new perspective. These two desires completely surpassed all of the negatives I was faced with.
After deciding that studying abroad was what I really wanted, I had to convince my parents. Not an easy thing to do considering I would be asking them to send their only daughter to live with another family in another country for ten months. The key to getting their permission? Lots of tears and begging. Not the most dignified thing, but hey, it worked! And thanks to my incredible parents, I will be an exchange student in Sicily, Italy next year!
I was placed with an unbelievably kind family in a town called, Modica. Modica is a highly-visited spot in Sicily known for its chocolate. Thank you Lord! It is located on the Southern tip of Sicily. Sicily is the island off of the Southern tip of mainland Italy.
In Modica, I will be staying with a family of six! I have four host sisters, Frederica, Chiara, Laura, and Agnese. My host parents are Guiseppe and Miriam. They are all very sweet and I am looking forward to meeting them! I have been talking to the girl my age, and I can tell that we will get along great-we both love food! I will be attending an art school with her upon my arrival, and for once I am excited for school! I am signed up for the sculpture track at the school and I have a lot to learn. I am what you could call "artistically challenged". The school I am going to go to has school six days a week :(, but shorter days. The school ,however, has 40 students in my grade. This will be a HUGE change for me coming from a school with 600+ in my grade! I guess this is not as big of a change as the whole learning school in Italian thing is going to be. Needless to say, there will be many changes made in my life throughout the upcoming year.
So, three hours of begging, six essays, two interviews, one passport, and one (incredibly awful) shot later, I have a two-way ticket to Italy!
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