By Lucia Polakovska. Lucy is one of our exchange students this year and is from Slovakia.
Hi everyone! My name is Lucy and it this article I am going to tell you my story of coming to the USA.
Since I was a child I have been being told about exchange programs, because my aunt travels a lot and she knows many students that became such a student. I did not like the idea at first and I kept saying “no” when somebody asked me if I wanted to become one too. My big decision was made two years ago, in October 2008. My former math teacher’s daughter was in France at that time and I heard that she liked it very much, so I start thinking about going somewhere. I was looking up information on the internet and found a great website about one student that went to Ohio for 10 months. I read all articles he posted there and I became fascinated by the idea of going to the United States. My mum didn’t want me to go so far from home at first, but after she had spoken to many people that had their children abroad, she made up her mind and allowed me to go. One year later, in September 2009, I started filling many application forms out. It was a really long process. I had to take an English test to confirm that my English abilities are good; I needed various medical vaccinations and also a recommendation from my English teacher. The very last thing I needed were visas, but it was not a problem because I was going to come here only for 5 months. Everything was finally settled and my date of departure was determined to be August 24. You may be asking why would I want to come to the USA, so far from my home, family and all my friends. Well, the answer is more than obvious. I wanted to experience as much as possible, I wanted to improve my English, I wanted to meet new people and make some friends and, of course, I wanted to know this amazing country with different culture and traditions. And if you are asking if I like it here, the answer is definitely YES. I do like it in here so much that I decided to extend my staying for another 5 months. 🙂