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“We don’t see things the way they are, we see them how we are”

I always try to share a piece of advice with my exchange students and nieces/nephews when they return home or upon graduation. Something that I hope is meaningful enough that they can carry it with them – not just the origami dollar signs made of twenties I slip in their card. This year was easy to find a topic – so easy that my pen ran out of ink as I wrote in the card on the way to the party. I’ll chalk it up to the fact that the pen I was using in the car was one of my husband’s that obviously didn’t want me to include the dog and the fish’s names (*insert loving husband eye roll*)....

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Program Spotlight: CETUSA

CETUSA or the Council for Educational Travel, USA is a not-for-profit international student exchange operating out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. CETUSA offers an array of exchange programs for high school, university and young professionals to fulfill their mission in “reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding.” CETUSA’s High School Exchange Program welcomes international students to the United States for a semester or full academic year where they attend a public high school. CETUSA’s High School Study Abroad Program allows American students to “experience the world and discover themselves” through academic and cultural immersion in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. CETUSA’s Training & Internship Programs are a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program focused on increasing “mutual...

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A little on cell service in Switzerland from our guest writer, Kim of Sweden…

“So, do you have cell service in Switzerland?” Well, when I finally decided to go on exchange, I was excited for what was to come. I had absolutely no idea where I was going to be placed, with whom or who my friends were going to be. To be honest I basically just winged my decision anyways because I applied in April and left in July. Let’s just say I tried to make up my mind about leaving to the USA from November and on, but I am very bad at making decisions and good at overthinking. So, I just told myself “Go! What do you have to lose?”. That is the best thing I have ever told myself. Just...

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Embrace The Living Things!

  I studied abroad in college – it wasn’t my idea. I was undoubtedly nervous about it as I was someone that previously thought going to Florida from Ohio without my parents was a big deal. Rewind to my senior year of high school, I did just that; I went to Florida on the band trip. Side note – I still can’t tell you why I was in band; I was horrible at playing every instrument I touched. I have to imagine my participation and lack of skill in band was an avenue or push toward a next step from the universe... And a pardon from my bandmates. Post Florida, it was time to prepare for moving to college and...

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