I can’t believe that I am leaving for Wales in just two short weeks. I am so blessed to have this amazing opportunity to pursue what I love at such a young age. For those of you who don’t know, I hope to work with foreign relations when I am older and help the US government better communicate with other countries. One day, I want to be influential in forming foreign policies. By going to an international high school with students from 90 different countries, I will be able to experience so many different cultures and better understand what other countries are really like. I hope that my classmates and I will be able to break down stereotypes and preconceived notions that we have of other countries during our two years at Atlantic College.
Recently, a boy attending another UWC school asked on Facebook what people’s opinions were about America (his homeland). He received responses from people all over the world, with both positive and negative opinions. One of the ones that stuck out most to me was from a girl in Canada, who said that some Canadians think that Americans are obsessive over themselves and ignorant of the rest of the world, even their neighbors to the north. While I would like to think that this isn’t true, I understand where it comes from. We tend to focus on what is going on inside our borders and don’t pay as much attention to what is happening around us, even in countries as close as Canada. This is one of the stereotypes that I hope my fellow Americans at AC and I disprove!
Two weeks from today, my life is going to be changed forever. I will be leaving to fly alone to a country I have never been before and going to a school where I haven’t met any of my classmates, other than on Facebook. I am saying ‘see you later’ to all my friends and family at home and saying ‘hello’ to many new friends. My flight is booked, my passport and visa are set, and I have started to pack, which makes everything seem much more real! I cannot wait to start this new adventure.
And a huge birthday shout out to my mom, Holly! You are the greatest mom I could ever ask for and I can’t thank you enough for being so supportive of me throughout the entire UWC process. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. Love you!!