Sunday, March 21, 2010

2nd Orientation

Yesterday, I went to my second orientation it was long but fun. All the outbounds played this culture assimilation game which was good, and it gave us a chance to get to know eachother better. Also, there was a travel agent there and the first thing he did was ask us what countries we're goin to and then he told us how hard it woulf be to get a visa. So, before he got to be I was thinking france would be fairly easy to get a visa for but turns out I was wrong. He said getting a visa for France is very hard and involves me going down to Chicago and getting interveiwed, some of which will be in French... and if I do not arrive in France by August 26, 2010 my exchange will be terminated. SO, I'm a bit nervous but I have decided I have no reason to freak out yet so I will just calmly and patiently wait untill I get my guarantee forms back and begin the process...yea we'll see how long that lasts.We talked about packing (My goal is to bring one bag), our flights, insurance, visas/passports, and alot of other good stuff. At the end we were also giving a 12 page research paper to write about thats gonna keep me busy for a while.Anyways this orientation made everything seems so real, not that it wasnt real before but now its hitting me that i'll be gone next year. Oh, I also got my blazer! I ordered one form Forever 21 but it was too small so my mom gave me one of her old ones from work, funny how that worked out. I was gonan post a pic of it but I cant find my camera so i'll do thar later. Let's see.. upcoming events include the district conference on May 14- May 16 and Grand Rapids on July 8-July 11. Also, my outbound coordinator said my Guarentee forms should be coming back sometime in late April around the 20th so I'm really excited for that. And last but definatley not least spring break is in 9 school days..yeeesss!!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Rotary Club meeting

Today at noon my mom and I attended the North Shore Rotary club meeting at the Sheraton hotel. I got to meet all the members of the club and listen to their speaker. Everybody was very welcoming and I had a great time listening to the speaker, who was the promotion manager for the Admirals. Rotary is a wonderful foundation, I am so glad I had the opportunity to be apart of it as an exchange student. During the meeting one of the members made a comment that by being a member of Rotary you are apart of a family, and wherever you are in the world you know you have friends. That's always been one of my main goals in my exchange, to make friends and connections from all around the world. During the meeting I also remembered that everyone who hosts me in France is a Rotarian which assures me i'll be in great hands. Overall, everybody I met was extremley gracious and kind and I would like to say thank you to Rotary and the North Shore club who made this exchange possible for me!


Thursday, March 4, 2010


Today in study hall I needed to use the computer and out of habit I immediately checked my e-mail, not expecting to find anything. Much to my surprise I found and e-mail from my outbound coordinator the subject was D1730. I opened the e-mail and found out that I would be hosted by district 1730 in southern France if everything goes as planned. I also found out that I will be leaving the US on August 25, 2010 to arrive in France on August 26,2010.

I don't know what city I will be in yet or what host families I'll be staying with but I'll be in this area:

This information is making me so unbelievably excited, I honestly can't even put into words what I'm feeling right now. In exactly 180 days I will say goodbye to my familiar world and get on a plane into a new world to live with a family I've never met and speak a language I don't speak. Although I am painfully aware of how hard this is going to be I am still so excited.

On March 8th I will be attending my local rotary club meeting because that was one of "assignments" we were given at our last district orientation so i will update with that later. Also, this Saturday I will begin my search for my navy blazer..whoo!

On a completely off topic note, spring break is in 4 1/2 weeks! My mom, my sister and i are going to Cabos, Mexico and I am so looking forward to a much needed break from school!