Life in the U.S. / Thank You Thursdays

Thank You Thursday- Rebecca from Italy

At Aspect Foundation, we receive so many thank you messages from our current and former students, who are so grateful for the experience they got to have here in the United States and to all of the people involved in making their dreams come true. This Thank You Thursday, we bring you Rebecca from Italy. Rebecca is a former student from the 2019-2020 school year who had the happiest year of her life!

Rebecca (far right) with her host family! They decided to dress up to take family pictures for Thanksgiving.

Thanks to my family, you really made me feel at home. I never felt out of place and you really made me feel loved. I loved every moment I got to spend with you and I appreciate each one of you, and also, thank you for making me gain another sister. She is the person I shared everything with, from the bedroom, to laughter, thoughts, and every situation. I loved every single moment with you and our family. You made me realize you don’t need a blood bond to be sisters.

Rebecca with her Albanian sister, Sefeda. She said “When my coordinator asked me if I wanted to be in a double placement, I immediately said yes. I wasn’t scared, on the contrary, I was excited! I thought that I was fortunate enough to share my experience with someone who knew what it was like, because she was living it at the same time as me, and so it was! She’s one of the most important people in my life.”

Thanks to Legacy High School, every teacher and every student. Legacy is a great school. Everyone was really nice and I had lots of great times!

Rebecca said “Even though Coronavirus cut our time short in the US, me and Sefeda decided to have our own prom! We dressed up, did our makeup and hair, and took A LOT of pictures. We had so much fun and it’s one of my favorite memories of lockdown because we got to change our routine and do something different. We always tried to make the best of every situation and this is one of the reasons why we bonded so well.”

Thanks to the Thespian club at Legacy, they are really a great community and they included me right away. I met a lot of people in this club and some of them have become the ones I will be friends with for life. Thanks to my parents, who gave me this great opportunity, without your support I would never have made it. I am so thankful for this experience, I have grown a lot since I started my exchange year, and I am proud of what I have become. This year was definitely the happiest year of my life, and I couldn’t have done it without every person I met!

 “In my school, Legacy High School, I joined the theatre club at the beginning of the first semester to meet new people, and it was one of the greatest choices I made. I still hear from them every day. The funniest thing we did was the spring musical where I got to help the cast with makeup, hair and costumes! In this picture, we were doing a fundraiser for the school theatre fund and we dressed as people from the 1920s and danced in front of a big crowd!”