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Future Leaders 2018 -blogi
Pushing myself out of my comfort zone (Corinne)
I have always been interested in new cultures and in what make us all so different. Ever since I can remember a family friend has wanted my family to host an exchange student, and last summer my family said yes to a girl who was from Finland. She stayed six weeks (also on the Future Leaders program).
It was the best thing that could happen that summer and we decided to host again, but for the full year. Once I learned more and more about the program (AFS) the more I was determined to go on an exchange trip myself.
The next thing I know I am applying, writing essays and then taking an interview. After what felt like 3 years of waiting for my answer, I got in. I was happy, excited, and nervous at the same time. I knew that I would have to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I was up for that challenge.
I have always try to push myself out of my comfort zone, but these last six weeks have opened my eyes to a new side of risk taking and a whole new planet of my comfort zone. That is one of the best things that has happened on this trip.
I think that I can do more now than I could before. I have even become a better leader, I think that this comes from diving into a whole new place and family where you have to find your place and asks a lot of questions.
Being in and learning about Finland and Finnish culture has opened my eyes about how the United States can improve it could be in a way of in how much waste we create every year. Just how much the United States and Finland have in common is crazy, but still so much is very different.
On the program we meet with delegates for committees, artist, entrepreneurs, and many other people and even some tours. It has been a fantastic learning experience, and has opened my eyes to new job options in politics, and a whole new culture.
I have learned so much on my six week exchange. I have made relationships that will last a life time and memories that I will never forget. As a group of 19 students we have been representing America's youth/future leaders and still have all become so close with each other.
Text and pictures: Corinne Couch