Acceptance by France and Why I Like AFS

Sorry that it's been so long since I've updated this. I've been very busy.
Once again, I am writing this instead of doing things that need doing. But I am okay with that. I'll probably regret this choice tomorrow morning when I wake up and realize that I STILL haven't done laundry (laundry being one of the other things I could be doing right now). BUT I DON'T CARE. I got some stuff to say.

First of all, here is some excellent news:
I got a call about four weeks ago from AFS saying that I have been accepted by France. I still don't know where I'll be living (I won't find that out until I get my host family assignment, and that won't be for a few months), but I do know that I am going to France. For sure. It has been confirmed. So that's GREAT!

Here is something else I have been thinking about:
I've gotten a few questions about why I'm choosing to go with AFS next year. Like instead of just going and living with friends of friends (or relatives of friends, or friends of relatives of friends, etc.). And I answer those questions feeling a little stupid, because I honestly didn't really think about trying to set something like that up.
But when I think about it, I have absolutely no regrets about signing up with AFS- it is clearly the best choice. I really want the exchange student experience, which is something I wouldn't necessarily get living with a family I knew. And although AFS is expensive, it is really worth every penny. They are very thorough in making sure that everything is comfortable, that I'm happy with my arrangement, and that I'm well-prepared for my year abroad.

I think my favorite thing about AFS is the community it builds. There are SO many people all over the world who have connections with AFS. I had no idea how huge it was until I became a part of the program. Everywhere I go I meet people who have been involved with it: the guy who cut my hair a few weeks ago hosted a German exchange student his junior year, the guy who took my blood at the Red Cross spent a semester in Belgium in high school, a woman sitting in front of me at a play overheard me telling my friend about AFS, and turned around to tell me about her experience as a student in Germany, and then introduced me to the student she was currently hosting. Not to mention the conversations I've had with the AFS students at my school. These people are EVERYWHERE. It's insane.

So that is why I already love AFS. It seems like the biggest, greatest diplomacy mission in the world- what better way is there to make connections with other people all over the globe? By being involved in this program I won't just make connections in France, because I'll be interacting with people from all sorts of different countries along the way. I'm so excited for this experience.

A lot of random people at school have told me that they have read my blog. I wonder what they think of me................

That's all. Bye!



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