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January 24, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: Adjusting to a new host family has been a bit rough

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I was really excited when school started back up because things have been slightly difficult adjusting to my new family’s expectations. I’m not sure who they want me to be, but they don’t want me to be me that’s for sure. It has been difficult but I’m making the most of everything the best I can. I love school and the teachers are all so nice.   

We went on the school’s nature trail and I loved it. It was nice to be out and in the open. I often feel like I’m a caged animal, which I am in a way, but it is difficult because I have experienced a new kind of freedom and I liked it. So to all those new exchange students, this is not easy. You will gain a lot of strength through this, but you have to be willing. I’m so lucky to have a family back in New York that has helped me a lot. I want to thank everyone for supporting me.

In February I will be traveling to Tokyo with Rotary. I can’t wait. I will also be celebrating my 16th birthday, so I can’t wait for February to come. So Happy New Year everyone — hope you enjoyed.

Sarah Cook is a Rotary Exchange student from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School. If you want to read more about her adventures check out her blog: www.sarahsjourneytojapan.blogspot.com.

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