Ever considered becoming a FES – a Foreign Exchange Student (FES, for viewers of “That 70’s Show”)? You may have had one or a few at your school, but what is it like when you are the student abroad?
First, why even do it? Well, each FES has his or her own reasons. For me, I had dreamed of traveling to Europe ever since my mom read me bedtime fairy tales of castles, bridges, trolls, and princesses. As much as I enjoyed the stories and wished to adventure abroad, it was never in the family budget. When I happened upon a Rotary International brochure on my French teacher’s desk one day at high school, my journey literally and figuratively began. My application was soon approved by the local Rotary club, and the school principal okayed my appeal to spend my senior year abroad!