Friday, July 16, 2010


It's hard to believe July is already halfway through. Summer is flying by as always. I kicked off July celebrating the 4th with my friends, taking lots of pictures at our town parade to show my host family, watching fireworks by the lake, and of course enjoying late night barbeque's. To celebrate my 16 birthday my mom and I took the train down to Chicago on the 6th. We stayed at a great hotel, did some quality shopping and relaxed at our favorite restaurants. It was a great way to spend b-day and I realized these are the little things I'm going to miss next year . Then, On July 7th, we made our way to the French consulate for my Visa appointment. I was super nervous because I expected the interview to be really in depth and there was the nagging thought in my head that I might get rejected but overall It went my smoothly and didn't last more than 10 minutes. I received my actual visaed passport in the mail a few days ago so now my trip to France official and I'm one step closer to getting on a plane. We left Chicago the night of the 7th, I got home at about 10pm and immediately started packing for the Central States RYE conference in Grand Rapids, MI. On July 8 I hopped on a coach bus with all the other outbounds, inbounds, and rebounds from our district to begin the 8 hour trek to Michigan. Once we got to Calvin College we registered and began meeting the other 1,300 exchange students that were there. Each day we had general sessions that helped prepare us for next year. The biggest thing I took out of the weekend was that next year is going to be hard, your going to go through rough times, but its going to be worth it in the end you just have to keep on going. I met sooo many new people and had an amazing time. As always it was really hard to say goodbye to these people. But, saying goodbye is part of being an exchange student. I got home on July 11 and basically slept for the next 2 days to make up for the lack of sleep I got at the conference. I have exactly 5 weeks until I leave and unlike a lot of other outbounds I'm actually really happy that I have that much time here. Don't get me wrong, I am very excited to leave, but I feel like I need those last few weeks to spend with my family and friends and to prepare myself. Here are some pics from the month so far... My Pins

District 6270 2010-2011 Outbounds...

Grand Rapids Conference 2010

Me after my visa appointment
French Consulate!

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