26 February 2012

An Introduction

Hei! My name is Alexa Zelensky, and I am from Ketchikan, Alaska. I am a senior in Ketchikan High School, and I'll be deferring college for a year to go on a gap year exchange to Finland from August 2012 to Summer 2013.

For the longest time I've dreamt of going on an exchange to a foreign country, and now AFS has presented me with that ability. On 13 February, I was officially accepted to AFS-USA, and as of today, 26 February, I have been officially accepted by AFS-Finland to be one of their exchange students in the school year of 2012-2013. I want to go abroad because I want to experience everything the world has to offer. I know that Finland is only a small fraction of the world, but it's definitely the fraction I want to see most right now! To me, Finland is very mysterious and very unexplored- in the past I never thought too much about it. And so when I was picking countries to live in for a year, Finland was at the top. Why not learn one of the hardest languages on the planet? Why not live in such a unique place? Why not immerse myself in a culture that is so vivid and so alive?

When I go abroad, I hope to grow as a person. I hope to learn things that I wouldn't learn otherwise, and I hope to meet some amazing people! But to fund such exchanges like this... it costs money. Which is why I've put a chip-in widget on my blog in case anyone would like to donate to my cause. I'm also working at the local pool raising money, and I'm trying to think up some good fundraising ideas, but this widget is a great way to start on all of this.

If you'd like to help me fundraise my exchange, please click on the chip-in button! I greatly appreciate all the help.