"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." ~ Helen Keller

This year abroad is a risk, a huge risk that I'm willing to take, because I know all the amazing experiences I can gain from it. As Hellen Keller said, "Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure." So many people ask me, "Why would you risk taking 5 years of high school?" or "Why do you want to leave your friends and family for a year?" Even if I stayed, I'd still go to college and leave home in two years. Something a good friend told me was that the friendships that last through this year are the friendships that are going to last through college and continue later in life. I might miss one year with the people I've known for years, but that opens a door to make amazing, lifelong friendships with people I would have never met.

When I think about it, I realize that I'm going to be in a foreign country for 10 whole months, living with total strangers, and attending a school in a language that I am far from fluent. It all sounds quite daunting if you put it that way, but if you change your perspective and look at the situation in a new light; I have been provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend 10 months in a beautiful country, partake in a brand new culture, and learn two amazing languages! This exchange is going to be the hardest year of my life, but also the best year of my life, and I can't wait to get started!


  1. Hey Charis this is Faith. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE your blog. It's great. This is my favorite entry by far. Even though I'll miss you like crazy you are doing something that most people would never be able to do. Even though I personally can't experience being a foreign exchange student I'm glad someone I know can!!!! WAY TO GO CHARIS!!!!! You are doing amazing things which is what I knew would happen because you are an amazing girl. =)

  2. You are my inspiration. :-) Love you sister of mine.


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