jeudi 9 décembre 2010


I know I've been posting a lot, but I feel the need to write about every tiny little thing that happens with the exchange...Just skip if I start sounding self-centered, I swear I don't mean it.

Today we went as a family to our local town hall and gave them our passport applications. I'm pretty excited to get a passport, since I've never had one before. Once I get my hands on that little book, I can go anywhere! Provided I also have a plane ticket and money.

Anyway, that's my update for the day. It's interesting writing this blog, because when I look at all the things I've been recording, all the things that have been happening, it feels like this process is going really fast. But when I think about all the time and steps I have to go through to get there, the process suddenly seems soooo slooowww...Different perspectives. And I can't figure out which I want! I want to be prepared, but I also want to get there now. But that's life, I guess.



mercredi 8 décembre 2010

Beauty Too Rare For Use...

Forgive me for the title of this post.  I think I'm just maybe a little bit too excited about my fantastically schnazzy new banner!  Yes, when you start applying quotes from Romeo & Juliet to your blogger banner, things have gone too far.

  For those of you who have just started reading, before this post I didn't have a title banner for this blog, just the standard-issue text title from the blogger template.  But now!  I have a lovely picture to represent where I come from (Space Needle for Seattle) and a lovely picture to represent where I'm going (Eiffel Tower, for France) and a title in atrocious Google Translate-sourced French!  It's supposed to mean, "My Journey To France," but I'm pretty sure Google gave me "My Journey In France". Promise, I'll fix it once I know the language.

Anyway...Just wanted to call attention to my obviously amazing (ahem) graphic design skills (it only took me several hours to make the banner).  I'll probably be posting more soon...I think it's time to talk about fundraising!  Bye for now...

mardi 7 décembre 2010

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Happy News!

Good news, readers all!  A few nights ago I received a call from my local Rotary club's representative saying that they had picked me to be the Rotary exchange student!! Huzzah! Yay! Woot! So, now the next step is to go to a district interview in Canada in January.  They can still reject me at that interview, but it sounds like it's not too common for that to happen.  So, for all intents and purposes, I can say I'm going to Europe as an exchange student next year!  Now I have to fill out this 18-page form to bring to the district interview, as well as arrange for my passport- I don't have one yet, and I need it to get to Canada for the interview, at least!  Today we all (mom, dad, little sister, and I) went to get our passport pictures taken, and Thursday is when we start the process of getting actual passports.

Ever since I got that call, my life has felt pretty surreal.  I've wanted this for several years now, and part of my brain is already planning, figuring out what steps I need to take, what needs to be done, what questions need to be asked, ect.  But then there's this whole other part of my brain that just hasn't realized what this means yet- that me, the girl who had never been farther from home that Palo Alto, California, is going to go to live in France* for a whole year.  It's taking a while to sink in, and I don't think I'll really believe it until I've arrived at the French* airport, but that doesn't stop me from being wildly happy! I feel so deeply honored.  I can't stop talking about it, I'm afraid I'm becoming quite a nuisance to my friends and family.   My only sorrow is that my being chosen means that many other people who wanted it just as bad won't get the chance.  I wish I could bring them all with me.  But I'm sure they'll make their way to wherever they want to go somehow.

Anyway...Got to go!  I've got places to be, people to see, things to do, trips to Europe to plan, fundraising to do!  So much to do!** 

Walking on clouds,


*France- that is, if I go to France.  I'm not quite sure when I find out for sure which country I'm going to, or how I let my request be known, but France would be my first choice, and I think I would do well there.  Apparently exchange students have almost no say as far as what region of their country they go to, but I think I'd be happy anywhere in France! 

**!- Lots of exclamation points to write!

mardi 30 novembre 2010

Interview and Welcome

Welcome to my youth exchange blog! For the next year or so, I will be recording first the process of getting myself to Europe for youth exchange, then when I get there you'll get to hear all about my life in France! Or whatever country I end up in. I'm hoping for France, though. So, tune in and come along for the ride! It's going to be pretty wild, but lots of fun- and even more fun if I get to share it!

The first step to getting into my exchange program of choice, Rotary Club's International Youth Exchange, is to complete a one page form about yourself and send it in to your local Rotary Club. So, after sending in my application to the people at Rotary Youth Exchange, waiting to hear back from Rotary, scheduling an interview, having that interview postponed due to snow (which barely ever happens here) and having to wait what seemed like ages for the rescheduled interview to come 'round, I have finally completed my preliminary interview with my local Rotary club!  I think it went very well, if I do say so myself. There's a lot of competition this year, seven applicants (most of them my friends, unfortunately), and only one spot, but I think I have as good a chance as any.  Cross your fingers for me!  I'll let you know when I hear back.