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January 24, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: Feeling better about being away from home


My language skills are still slow, though I understand more. Less people in my new class can speak English, so it gives me the chance to use my Hungarian. I found myself being able to respond better when talking. I was having a conversation with a bunch of girls from my class and I could answer without translating in my head. I just knew what they where saying and how I wanted to reply. This started happening to me a few weeks ago and was a major breakthrough for me. It does depress me a little thinking that other exchange students in different countries are already fluent in their host language, but I there is no other place I’d rather be than in Hungary.

I feel so different. I have changed tremendously this year. My time here in this wonderful country is running out. This experience is life changing; Rotary told us this going in, but its one thing to be told something and another to experience it. Now that the worst it over (Holidays, culture shock, and being lonely) I believe this year has no where but to go up.

Grace Heneghan is a Cooperstown Rotary exchange student who traveled to Hungry. To read more about her adventures, visit her blog at

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