Updated: Aug 30, 2021
Here is our first story that will give you a great example of an exciting exchange year! It is my pleasure to present to you my friend Nicole Delcheva:
Nicole (on the left) has a message to the future exchange students. "What excites and scares you at the same time? Go do that."
Home Country: Bulgaria🇧🇬
Exchange Program: ASSIST Program🇺🇸
School during exchange year: Webb School, Bell Buckle🇺🇸
Favorite food I explored abroad: Nachos🌮
Favorite school activity: Mock Trial🏃♀️
Favorite person from my exchange year: Daniela Sheigner 👩
My dream College/Major: Neuroscience/International affairs 🧬-🌍
Why did I decide to apply for an exchange year?
-I was curious about the school system in the USA, and I wanted to meet new people from diverse countries.
How did your parents react to your bold decision?
-They were supportive, but a little worried!
This is a very important question both for students and parents. Guys, remember - some parents may be worried in the beginning. As my mum told my host family once: "I am sending a part of my heart across the ocean." But they also keep in mind the fact that you all are going to a better place - to a safe community and a prestigious school, where you are going to enrich your knowledge of the world and... become a better person after all!
Tell me a funny moment of your adventure abroad!
-We went on a hike during freezing temperatures and had lots of fun.
What is one particular thing that impressed you the most?
#NEW: Wait, what? What in the world is "honor code"? I asked myself exactly the same thing on my first day of school. Here is how Stanford University defines it: "The honor code is a statement addressing issues such as cheating, stealing, and misrepresentation, made by a school or other institution in which its participants pledge to adhere to. Honor codes are self-regulating because under an honor code, students are required to turn in other students in violation of the code." Here are some particular examples of violation of the honor code: unpermitted collaboration, plagiarism, revising and resubmitting a quiz or exam for regrading, etc. But we are going to talk a little more in another article!
What was the coolest new thing you tried or experienced abroad?
-Lacrosse! 🥍 (Nicole and I have the exact same answer on this question; lacrosse is not quite popular in other continents, but its pace, strategy, and team spirit this game creates will make you adore this sport)
One advice about overcoming homesickness!
-Being fully immersed in the new place.
Who was your favorite teacher? Try to describe them, using 3 words!
-Mr. Jones - erudite, funny, and kind.
How does your exchange year reflect on your choice to continue your academic career in college?
-It helped me feel more confident about myself and my choices.
Give to future applicants and their parents one reason why kids should apply for an exchange year!
-It is an experience like no other!