Hello, my name is Time. I’m a 2016-2017 US exchange student from EduDee. I did my exchange in Mississippi State. I’d like to share what I went through before finally becoming an exchange student. After passing the exchange student testing, I had to wait for a host family to choose me. I remember getting my placement around July. I was the 4th or 5th student from my batch to be placed. I set foot in the US on August 4, 2016 and visited New York for 3 days before going on to Mississippi on Saturday, August 8, 2016. The first time I met my host family I was so excited. I remember that on the very first day, my host family took me straight to a water park. It was great but I was sleepy because of the long flight time.
As for studying in school, I chose to study Geometry, World Geography, Personal Finance, Health, English 3 and Band, which was an activity-based subject. The subject I liked was Geometry because I found it easiest. The hardest subject for me was English 3 because it required studying literature not grammar like we study in Thailand. I was also a member of the school’s marching band. I played the cymbals and later on I played the bell kit, chimes and the xylophone in the symphonic band and jazz band in Term 2. What impressed me most about being in the band was that I got a medal from competing with other schools. My school also had a prom which I attended with my friends. I was a lot of fun and an experience of mine in the US.
My host family was wonderful. My host parents had 3 children. The oldest was in university, the second oldest was my age and the littlest one was in Grade 2 and was pretty energetic. My host family took me to church every Sunday and every Wednesday evening. At the beginning of every month we would visit a nursing home to sing for the senior citizens. I had the chance to play the piano every time we went. On Christmas Day, I got so many gifts from my host family and on my birthday my host parents bought me a cake to celebrate.
Lastly, I’d like to say that being an exchange student once in your life makes it possible to make many new friends and gives you the opportunity to live with a host family and be with friends. If I have the chance to, I’d like to visit with them all some day.
Exchange student to the US