You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.

—Miriam Adeney (via awelltraveledwoman)

(Source: makeyourowntide, via booksoulbeauty)

sendcassietospain asked: Were your parents on board to let you go on an exchange from the very beginning or did it take some convincing? Do you think anyone could be an exchange student? Or does it take a certain type of person to handle all the culture shock? In your opinion, is a one month exchange too short to get something out of it?

Oh wow. Good questions.

My parents were very supportive, but because they trusted me and knew I had motivation other than just “skipping” a year of high school or wanting to escape my hometown.

I’ve thought about this myself, and although I think it’s important for everyone to step out of their comforts zones (whether that be by traveling or not), exchange is not something to take lightly. Anyone could be an exchange student, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’d profit from or enjoy it that much. Some people are just homebodys. I think it’s just important to think it through and make sure it’s something you really want to do.

Definitely not. Exchange is what you make of it. If you get out there, talk, make connections, and absorb as much culture as you can it’ll be a fantastic trip.

I read your blog and it sounds like you are a very motivated person with some great reasons for wanting to be an exchange student. I really hope you get to Spain - I’ll be rooting for you!!

hailieghbugg asked: Omg I thought I was the only one who spent my summer away looking under student exchange tags :P

Ahah not at allll, last summer I checked them at least twice a day :)

bulaniskandar asked: Hey! Do you mind if I asked you what exchange program you were in? I'm going to France next year (2014-2015) as an exchange student either. How do you feel when the first time you go there. The languages, the cultures, etc. How was your host family(ies)? Can you share the WHOLE story to me or just post EVERYTHING in your blog? Thanks before ^^

Well if you read my whole blog that’s basically everything. It’s hard to summarize the 10 most interesting months of my life in a few sentences :) I went with ASSE. When you first get there you feel like everything is different, and I mean EVERYTHING. Brace yourself. My host family was great. The new language was hard, but as long as you practice as much as possible you should be fine. Living in a new culture is not better or worse than home, just really different. But as long as you stay true to yourself and be nice to people everything will be awesome. I hope this helped and that you have an amazing year!

For all you future exchange students wasting away your summers on the exchange student tag, I just got back from France and would love to answer any questions you have!

Anonymous asked: Do you know any other French exchange blogs? :)

Well she has probably my favorite exchange blog, and I knew him in France. You can also look at all these and check the exchange student tag on tumblr.

Hope this helped! I’ve been meaning to make a page of good exchange blogs.