Friday, May 13, 2011

I'm gonna feel like a nerd for saying this but...

Happy Blogoversary Blog!!
Today my blog turned 1!

Oh so I remembered that other thing i was gonna write about the other day (thanks to good old mom who kind of brought up the same thing she asked me if i would recommend doing an exchange...)
Anyways so Jenn had originally asked me if i regretted coming here/this whole experience kinda thing (I think she was kinda hoping i would say yes =P) and the answer is a 100% NO.  I guess lots of people get the idea that we, the exchange students, regret it because most of the stuff they here from us is complaining haha. We have a tendency to leave out all the little things that make this whole experience worth while. I'm not saying it's easy, I bet you $1,000,000,000,000 you can't find someone (who's experienced it) who says it is. It tests you, it pushes you to your limits, and as a result you become stronger.  It sounds really cheesy but it's all true. You grow as a person, you become more open minded, more independent, you learn to overcome your fears, and always make the best of it. I can assure you that the days spent abroad will be some of the best of your life but also some of the worst. Those days when all you can think about it home and how there is so much you could be doing. You feel like it's all a huge waste of time, like you're never going to catch onto the language and like you'll always feel like an outsider. But then there are the days that change al that. The little accomplishments that make you feel so much better. Like the first time you dream in the language, or the first time you understand an entire lesson at school, the first time a friend (not host family member) asks you to hang out, the first time you participate in class, the first book you finish, you're first "inside" joke, the list is endless. It seems kind of lame but all these little accomplishments are what keep you going. Just when you feel like you can't take it anymore something happens and you're like "Wow, maybe I can do this." So aside from this cheesy little part =P Another great thing about exchange is the people, and no i'm not talking about the friends from you're host country, i'm talking about the other exchange students. We all have this strange connection which gives us the ability to become best friends in under 10 minutes. We all understand what each one of us is going through and were able to relate so easily, weather it be school, host family problems, missing home, and most fat we've all gotten hahahaha okay not the most important but we can definitely all relate. I don't know what is it but all exchange students seem to have this quality which makes them automatically awesome! Being where i am i haven't really been able to get together with really any other exchangers apart from the camps and the exchange week I did. But those 2 things were honestly the highlights of my exchange (yeah rome was cool and all but it was awesome in a different way). It so cool to know i have friends from all over to world, and that is not an exaggeration I can officially say I have friends on EVERY (inhabitable) continent, who all speak different mother languages, but it's so cool because we're now able to communicate with each other in Italian. On the exchange week we would switch back and forth from english to italian without even noticing. I can't wait until the end of stay camp in June and when we get to see everyone in Rome. I know for a fact no one is going to sleep, it's probably going to be one of the best and worst nights of our lives. Because we'll all be together and having a blast, laughing about stupid things and telling stories, but in the back of our minds we'll all know that we only have a few short hours together...we'll have to say goodbye not knowing if we'll EVER see each other again. When i left home saying goodbye wasn't very hard cause i knew everyone would still be there when i got back...but this is going to be's not like we can all just come back. It will be the final page of the Italian chapter of our lives. It's going to be hard, but thank god for the internet and skype...without that i don't know what we would do. I think that given the opportunity I would do it again (obviously somewhere else =P) =)

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