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March 7, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: I can feel my time here running out


I can feel my time here running out and can’t believe how fast this whole year is going. All of the things I’ve learned about people, culture and myself. A part of me fears I may loose those things once returning home. I think this is why exchange students usually try to hold on to their exchange as long as they can, they don’t want to let go of what they worked so hard to achieve. Reverse culture shock is considered the worst part of exchange by a majority of exchange students. I know I will be fine, I’ll get through it.

I still love my host family and continue to grow closer to them. My councilor unexpectedly told me that I will be changing families in April. This was very disappointing for me because my current family had offered to let me stay for the rest of the year. I may also have to change schools. It makes me feel disappointed, but also I’m just like: “This will be another adventure.”

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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