I am a junior in high school this year, and as I prepare for my exchange, I am also applying to colleges, participating in a musical, working part-time as a barista, and taking six classes at school. Traveling, exploring the outdoors and singing are huge passions of mine.
I am travelling to New Zealand to spend a year as an ambassador for the USA and for my Rotary District, District 5470. I will be taking standard senior-year classes, living with host families and exploring the culture. I was inspired to be a Rotary exchange student because of my yearning for travel. I am looking forward to learning about new cultures, speaking to people from different countries, and bringing a piece of Colorado overseas with me.
I feel that New Zealand is a perfect fit for me because although it is as far away from the US as one could get, it has mountains and rivers and lakes that remind me of the Rocky Mountains I grew up in. I feel that I will get the ultimate outdoor experience. Also, the Maori/Kiwi history fascinates me. The way the white settlers came about discovering New Zealand is not so different from the way they discovered the USA. I hear the Kiwi people are very friendly, and that is exactly the kind of environment I love to be in.
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