Intro Part 2

I didn't mention this before, and as it's pretty important, I will do so now:
The purpose of this blog, right now, is to fundraise for the tuition of my year abroad.
Next year, in France, I'll use it to update everyone on all the exciting things I'll be doing.

My goal is to raise $2,500 with this blog. To contribute instantly, click on the "Chip In" gadget on the right.

As I mentioned before, I'm 15. I live in Minnesota. My biggest interests are theater, travel, biking, hiking, movies, reading, cooking, fashion, and people. Oh, and France. That's a big interest too.

I suppose you want to know about my extracurriculars and community service and all those other things that people use to judge the character of high school students. I've been very involved in the student-run theater program at my high school- that would easily be my biggest commitment/interest. I plan to join my school's speech team when the season rolls around, and I do community service projects pretty regularly with my church. Actually, this past summer I went on a trip to New Orleans with my church to attend a Lutheran gathering and do community service in the area. I consider myself a dedicated, vocal student.

My biggest interest aside from theater would probably be travel and being outside. I have been all over the United States, and, whenever given the chance, find myself on my way to some new destination. I am a person who can thrive in basically any environment: I love the wilderness, and I love big cities. For the past two summers, I have gone on 10-day backpacking trips in the Bighorn mountain range in Wyoming with a YMCA camp here in Minnesota. I've gone canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area up north, and hiked and camped all over the country with my family.

I hope that was satisfactory, and I apologize for how awkward self promotion can be. Let me just say one more thing: I am a very worthy investment.

Thanks for reading this.

Nora Epp


A Brief Introduction

I'm Nora Epp. I'm 15 years old, I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I'm nice. I like to bike, shop, read, cook, talk, etc. I like theater and movies and music and fashion. I like my family. I like my friends. I like my house and my yard and my dog. And my chickens.

I am completely infatuated with France, and having been a Midwestern U.S. resident for all of my life, have very little actual experience with the country. It is a dream of mine to live their someday. I love adventure, I love new things, and I love to travel.

So this is what I'm thinking:
Why spend my junior year in high school doing the same old thing? Why not, say... Go somewhere else? Try something new? How about FRANCE?!

And, well, here I am. I'm in the process of filling out my application to study abroad for the entire school year of 2010-2011 in the beautiful country of France. This will be quite an adventure. It is a dream come true.

The following posts will fill in many, many more details, but right now I have homework to do.
Nora Epp