Last August I was walking through the same airport terminal, ready to begin my new life in America. Now, almost a year later I can tell that so far it was the best year in my lifetime.
Making friends from 17 different countries means that you will no longer understand every post on your Facebook wall. But I'm a tough guy, I can handle it. More importantly I learned a lot about different cultures and beliefs and realized that the stereotypes we hear about certain nations are often wrong. Except the German stereotypes. They are all true. Memories made throughout the Student Weekends and road trips are moments that I'll always remember.
I admire my Rotary clubs so much for making my stay here possible, and for making the experience a truly remarkable life-changing one. I only hope I can return even a small portion of the care, interest and dedication these clubs gave to me.
I'm sure this is not a goodbye, but a see you later. It was a pleasure to be one of the sponsored student this year. So hopefully, see y'all in a year or two!