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Throwback Thank You Thursday: Ibrahim from Nigeria

Aspect Foundation’s inbox is flooded with notes from students expressing their gratitude for the experience they have had on student exchange. On Thursdays, we post one of these notes, sharing the “warm fuzzies” with all of you!

This week’s Thank You Thursday is from a former student, Ibrahim from Nigeria, who sent us an endearing letter of how fortunate and grateful he feels to have been an Aspect exchange student back in 2007!

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Ibrahim with his host family back in 2007 in Washington!

“I came to the U.S in 2007 as a Foreign Exchange Student. I came through the IRIS/YES program and was adopted by the Aspect Program. I was placed in WA. Highlights of my exchange year were my host family the Bolanders who I consider my parents, my American friends and the wonderful people I met during my exchange year. I also enjoyed getting to know other students from the program, and my amazing Coordinator, Jodi.

Ibrahim with his host family back in 2007!Ibrahim with HfF

Ibrahim with his coordinator, Jodi back in 2007!IMG_0113

While my exchange year are filled with many memories that I am grateful for, the most significant one I am grateful for is, Aspect gave me the opportunity to meet my wife. While I was at High school, I met a girl in English class who was very beautiful and quiet. We didn’t talk much to each other, but we were close because of our circle of friends. With great pleasure and a thankful heart, the girl I met twelve years ago become my wife this June.

Ibrahim with his wife, Felicity on their wedding day!ivb

Ibrahim hugging his host mom on his wedding day! host mom

Ibrahim with his wife and coordinator, Jodi on their wedding day!IMG_1232

Thank you, Aspect and the wonderful staff who made my exchange year, an amazing one. ” – Ibrahim

Ibrahim with his friends back in 2007 during his exchange year!Ibrahim exchange year

A few of Ibrahim’s favorite photos from 2007!Cross Cultural

Does Ibrahim’ letter inspire you to have an international experience all your own? We have many wonderful students coming from over 50 countries to study in America for the 2019-2020 school year! Visit their student profiles and learn how to become a host family today!

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