Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am an exchange student

I am an exchange student. How do you know what is a dream if you never accomplished one. How do you know what is an adventure if you never took part in one. How do you know what is anguish if you never said goodbye to your family and friends with your eyes full of tears. How do you know what is being desperate, if you never arrived in a place alone and could not understand a word of what everyone ...else was saying. How do you know what is diversity if you never lived under the same roof with people from all over the world? How do you know what is tolerance, if you never had to get used to something different even if you didn’t like it. How do you know what is autonomy, if you never had the chance to decide something by yourself? How do you know what it means to grow up, if you never stopped being a child to start a new course? How do you know what is to be helpless, if you never wanted to hug someone and had a computer screen to prevent you from doing it. How do you know what is distance, if you never, looking at a map, said “ I am so far away”. How do you know what is a language, if you never had to learn one to make friends. How do you know what is patriotism, if you never shouted “ I love my country” holding a flag in your hands. How do you know what is the true reality, if you never had the chance to see a lot of them to make one. How do you know what is an opportunity, if you never caught one. How do you know what is pride, if you never experienced it for yourself at realizing how much you have accomplished. How do you know what is to seize the day, if you never saw the time running so fast. How do you know what is a friend, if the circumstances never showed you the true ones. How do you know what is a family, if you never had one that supported you unconditionally . How do you know what are borders, if you never crossed yours , to see what there was on the other side. How do you know what is imagination, if you never thought about the moment when you would go back home. How do you know the world, if you have never been an exchange student?

Thanks Martina for posting this great essay!

Monday, October 10, 2011

NUAMES student on her way to Seoul

http://www.standard.net/topics/alyssa-amott

And here is another article about Alyssa that was run in the Standard Examiner

NUAMES student on her way to Seoul
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Last updated Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 5:00pm
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a world-leader in international education and student exchange, has accepted 14-year-old Alyssa Amott, from West Point and a student at the Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering and Science (NUAMES), to a prestigious Scholarship to South Korea.

Amott is one of 100 high school students selected to participate in the third annual South Korea Scholarship Program, which is referred to in Korea as the Korea — U.S. Youth Network.

Students will be hosted by Yonsei University, South Korea’s oldest university, located in Seoul.

South Korea in Summer plans

http://www.davisclipper.com/view/full_story/14345334/article-S--Korea-in-summer-plans?instance=lead_story_left_column

How fun to google your child's name and see some news articles. I didn't know they had been done. :)

This one is from the Davis County Clipper

WEST POINT — South Korea will be the destination of Alyssa Amott this coming August.

Amott, a student at NUAMES in Layton, is one of 100 high school students selected to participate in the third-annual South Korea Scholarship Program for high school students.

Students will be hosted by Yonsei University, South Korea’s oldest and most acclaimed university, located in Seoul, South Korea, for two weeks of study.

“I am excited to learn more about a new culture and a new viewpoint instead of just what we get in America,” said Amott. “The exchange students that I have known all know so much more about American politics than Americans do because they really study our policies. It will be amazing to learn about us from across the world.

“I am also so excited to learn about their country, their government and the way that they live. The people I have met from South Korea have always been so kind and respectful. They have made a wonderful impression on me and I hope I can do the same in their country,” she said.

Participants will attend academic lectures, tours and cultural excursions throughout the program, which is intended to foster understanding and diplomacy between the U.S. and South Korea.

As a participant, Amott will represent the United States and NUAMES and, according to information provided by the organization, “return with unique experiences and invaluable confidence and optimism for their futures.”

Others interested in the program can learn more or apply to participate at http://www.ciee.org/southkorea.

Read more: Davis County Clipper - S Korea in summer plans