Why Can’t You Use Vocabulary You Taught Us: an autobiography of an exchange student
That’s it. It’s happening. It was bound to.
Someone DARES going to Australia. Before I got enough money to get back over there. And even worse : WITHOUT me. I’m probably not the first neither the last exchange student to have this feeling when you get this kind of news. I reckon there’s a few…
so as you can probably tell i just rewatched meet the robinsons and you know the dinner scene where they all make a toast to lewis but then pour their drinks on their head and lewis looks around at first like ‘wtf are they doing’ but eventually he just shrugs and is like ‘ah fuck it’
that’s literally what being an exchange student is like
That usually seems to be what happens :)
But yes, you can get all of the exchange student experience even if you’re not outgoing. The important thing is to try to immerse yourself as much as possible, and eventually you’ll warm up to people and make friends. I was exchange student, and I was really shy before I went on exchange. There are plenty of other exchange students who are reserved and still go and enjoy their exchange. :)
I would suggest thick leggings/tights (or jeans if you can handle them on a plane, I personally don’t like wearing them while flying), a comfortable sweater, some comfortable boots, and a scarf to wear on the plane (maybe with a tank top underneath the sweater in case you get to warm on the plane). Then carry a heavy winter jacket in the plane with you (it can also double as a pillow on your flight) as well as gloves to wear when you get outside.
If you ask me about what gifts to give your host family, I am going to tell you “I don’t know”. Unfortunately, while it can be hard to think of what to give someone and I would like to be able to help you, gifts are something that is more personal. I haven’t lived with your host family, and I don’t know what the customs are for gift giving in your host country, so I can’t answer. If you really can’t think of anything you could always ask them what they would like (or be sneaky and ask someone else in your host family about gifts, for example: ask your host sister about gifts for your host dad and vice versa). I’ve had a host student do this before for my birthday present. He asked what I wanted for my birthday, and I told him about I book I wanted. He got me that. If you don’t know them well than give them something general (All of the male host students we’ve hosted have given me jewelry or hair accessories). The best answer I can give is an example of what I gave my host family (which you can see here).
Hi Rose!! First of all, congratulations! You must be so excited!
The main things I did to prepare for my exchange had to do with research. I researched my country, a little bit of the history, and some things about the culture. Something that can really help with this is getting in contact with present or past exchange students who went to your country. I personally don’t know any exchange students from or who went to Columbia, or I would try to get you in contact with them L sorry about that!
There’s also trying to learn the language. Thankfully, Spanish is a language that has a lot of resources available to learn from. I mainly suggest “The Pimsleur Approach”, it’s so useful, and easy to learn from. It’s basically audio files that give you a lot of useful phrases. Other than that, look into buying a few books to learn from. Every exchange student you talk to you will tell you that NO ONE ever regret learning too much of their host language. I really wish I had learned more before I came to Thailand.
Other than that, you need to look into things like vaccinations, luggage situations, and packing (oh my goodness, good luck with that!).
As to what to expect out of your exchange, everyone has different experiences – especially from continent to continent. But a few things that I’ve really seen become a commonality among exchange students is that you will change in your perspective of things. It’s really difficult to explain, and you really have to wait until you experience it to know it. But, I’ve found myself to be a lot more understanding of other people’s views now a day. I know that it doesn’t sound too specific, but exchange is so difficult to explain to people who haven’t been through it yet.
Hope this helped! If you have any more questions, or want me to specify something for you, please let me know! I love talking to exchange students – especially future ones!! <3