To try and put in words an experience like this is almost impossible.
4/3/2017

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To try and put in words an experience like this is almost impossible. The anticipation for departure date, the anxiety of leaving home, the thrill of independence, the exhilaration of discovering a whole new world. For me it was a 2 month exchange and in the beginning it was scary leaving the familiarity of home and embarking alone to a new country. But as soon as the plane landed and I stepped foot in France, a tidal wave of ambition and excitement overcame my silly second thoughts and worries. I was very excited to go to school to meet people, make friends and connection among other things. All the students were shocked that a Canadian was in their school and so everyone was very curious with a lot of questions etc. I felt very accepted in my school and also in the host family I was with. I saw amazing sites and had wonderful experiences. My French competences definitely improved as well! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was 100%
worth all the costs (2 months out of school, extra work etc) . This experience has shaped me in so many ways, I've grown into the person I want to be and might not have ever been able to had I not partaken in this independent experience. It opens your mind in so many ways and you grow a profound appreciation for what's around you, the culture, traditions, and just what's important in life. If you're reading this and wondering if it's something you should do, I IMPLORE YOU. Go take this chance you'll never forget it and I think everyone should experience this at least once in their life time. I would 100% recommend this to anyone. My only advice would be to take every chance you can and don;t look back; you are only going to be there for a short amount of time( IT GOES BY REALLY FAST) so live this experience with no regrets.

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