“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” - Maya Angelou


Cultural Boot Camp

So this past weekend I spent in the middle of nowhere, florida with 76 other RYE Florida Outbounds. It was so much fun! I wish it could've been longer because they're all so great. Exchange students > everyone else. We learned a lot of things about culture shock and things like that and got to experience culture shock on a smaller scale. This weekend made me more excited and a little more nervous for Belgium. I just can't wait to leave :)


Where I'll be living

My town is called Montigny-le-Tilleul and it's right outside Charleroi and my school is in Charleroi.


how it began....

It all started with Mr.Miller. Wait, no it started with my dream to live in France since forever. Mr.Miller just put the idea in my head. Mr.Miller was my European history teacher and he mentioned RYE one day and BAM, I was filling out an application. Long story short, I was chosen to go to Belgium and honestly I cannot imagine going anywhere else. I've fallen in love with a place I've never been to. I don't know if that's possible but whatever.

People ask me if I'm scared and yeah I'm scared. Who wouldn't be? Am I scared enough to not go through with it? NO. I'm scared of looking back on my life and realizing I didn't live an exciting fearless life. I'm excited, nervous and blessed. Most of all, I just can't wait to leave.

My life has changed completely and I haven't even left yet.