Several of last year’s AYA students took some time to write letters to the upcoming class of high school exchange students, which we will continue to share throughout the summer months. They wrote about their reflections, advice and best wishes to help next year’s group get the best start on making the most of their upcoming exchange experience.
The messages in these letters are valuable—to all participants in Academic Year in America programs. Host families and Local Coordinators can read these letters to understand the student’s perspective, and they can share these letters with upcoming students to help them get prepared.
Today’s letter is from Fynn from Germany. Fynn spent his high school exchange living with a host family in Ohio.
Dear future AYA students,
I’m going to keep this short because I don’t have a lot to say. I have two tips for you to have a successful exchange year.
- First, have a good balance between the time you spend with friends and the time you spend with your family. Of course it’s important to spend time with friends, but you are going to live with this family for a year so you better have a good connection with them.
- Second, you should get involved in sports or any kind of activity, because that’s the easiest way to find friends and meet new people.
That’s all I have for you.
Learn more about opportunities for cultural exchange with Academic Year in America.