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As our 2023/24 students are packing their bags and preparing for their arrival to their American host families and communities, it is ever so crucial to set expectations and have an open mind. To help future exchange students make the most of their American adventure, we’ve gathered advice from our 2022/23 students who have just recently returned home after their amazing year in the US. Their insights, gained through personal growth and unique challenges, can help you – our 2023/24 students – make the best of your upcoming school year in the United States!
I would definitely recommend joining sports and clubs, and all the school activities. Those have been the most fun for me, and I met most of my friends while doing sports together.
– Emma from Finland
Get out there and talk to people, engage with others, compliment one another, join some clubs, sports, theater, band or anything that will keep you involved in something. Always have something to do and enjoy every moment of your exchange year. PLEASE don’t waste your time on your phone or just sitting at home and not communicating with others.
– Zainab from Bahrain
Always say YES. Acknowledge and respect the limits, but have as much fun as possible. Spend time with your host family, and always be grateful for what they’re doing. Take a ridiculous amount of pictures and videos, and never take anything for granted.
– Emma from Spain
Join everything you can, from sports to clubs. Make friends, be open to new experiences. Join your host family in any activities they do, even when you think you won’t like them, try it first, and if you don’t like it, you can always say it.
– Laia from Spain
Don’t be scared to try new things, don’t say no to anything before you even try it. Go out, get involved, play sports, this will make it a lot easier to make friends. Be part of your host family, don’t act like a guest, act like a member because that’s why they host you, they want you to be with them. Most importantly have fun and do everything you want because you don’t want to have regrets when you go back home.
– Marina from Spain
Learning new things is so scary and really challenging but it’s definitely worth a shot. it doesn’t matter if you won’t succeed, what’s important is that you at least tried to. Overcoming your fears is terrifying, but sometimes we just all need someone that will guide us through it and it’ll become less scary.
– Guilia from Italy
Don’t have any expectations, live in the present and not in the future or past. This is a once in a life time and it will be over before you know it.
– Maya from Denmark
Enjoy the time here. We only appreciate what we had when it’s gone.
– Angelina from France
Are you interested in making a student a part of your family for the upcoming year? We are still looking for American host families to welcome a student in the fall! Check out the profiles of our wonderful students for the upcoming 23/24 year!