Salut tout le monde!
I know this is vastly overdue…and I never really finished uploading EVERYTHING…but honestly I don’t think I would ever be able to even if I did have a ton of free time on my hands…which I don’t. So instead I will give you this link to my facebook, so you can enjoy whatever pictures I have/will upload on there as well as videos, status updates…etc. I think you need to be my “facebook friend” to view everything, so just request me and mention you got the link from my blog =]
Basically when I last left off, I had returned from my eurotrip and posted a little link with some pictures on it…but there’s definitely some better ones on my facebook that I have been tagged in, etc…since I mostly took video of the trip. These videos may never make it onto the internet, but hopefully someday at least a few of them will…
like disco vampire cough cough…haha
After my eurotrip I did an internship with euronews which was beyond amazing and…well I’ll save this news for last ;D
I also changed families one last time and while I was only there for a month, I still loved them very much and definitely hope to see them in the future. They also lived right down the street from my school, in the center of Lyon, which definitely gave me time to enjoy my last few days in the ville I now consider my second home.
I left on June 1st, pretty early in comparison to some exchangers, but I needed to get back home for college orientation and work. At the airport I had everyone (including all 3 kids) from my second family, third family, Bronte, and Mathilde and her mom, as well as Natasha and her host family (because she was leaving the same day) there to say goodbye. Yes, I was a complete mess of tears…I felt extremely moved that they all got to the airport, that was about 45 minutes outside of Lyon, at 6 in the morning on a school and work day, just to wave me off. They even paid for my bags (NOT a cheap fee, mind you..) and helped me argue with the airline about why on earth they are making me recheck my bags at every plane change. Dang AirFrance wouldn’t check my luggage all the way through anyways…and if Natasha wasn’t in the Paris airport to help me with my luggage I don’t know what I would have done…but anyways…
I will forever be thankful to the amazing people who made my year as an exchange student so memorable. I’ve definitely learned more than just another language this year, I learned about me, and about life. I have friends internationally now, and made connections with people who I know can point me in the right direction with my future. Speaking of which…here is my good news;
I’M COMING BACK TO FRANCE NEXT SUMMER!
I am coming back summer ‘12 to do another internship at the euronews headquarters! I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity, and I am extremely blessed that my parents are behind me on this and making it possible for me to return when it cost my family so much for me to go over there in the first place.
There are so many people in my life who have done more for me than I will ever be able to repay back…my host families, Mathilde’s family, euronews, RYE District 1710, my own family…I know this year wouldn’t have even happened without any of you, so thank you, merci, from the bottom of my heart.
I will be starting a new blog now that the exchange is done, and I will post the link on here when I create it. It will mostly be about my college life, what I’m up to, and updates on my life when I head back to Europe. I hope this blog has been helpful to others looking to go on exchange in their future, whether in a matter of months, or even in a few years, if you get the opportunity then go for it. I will never regret my exchange year, and so far I haven’t met anyone who has. It’s an eye opening experience that if done right, can open even more opportunities for you than you ever imagined.