name is Carolina, I am 17 years old, and I come from Brazil. My hobbies are
drawing, listening to music and reading. My favorite bands are a-ha and the
Bee Gees, and my favorite writer is Jostein Gaarder.
I have two older sisters. Both have already participated in exchange
programs. Marcia went to the state of Wyoming, in the United States, and
Marcela, to Norway. Both of my sisters have told me that their exchange was
one the best experiences of their lives. Hearing their stories made me
excited to experience the same adventure.
I am currently living in the Florida Keys, which is like a paradise for
me, since I have always lived far from the sea in my home country. The
moment I arrived here, I noticed that Florida is as warm as my home state.
However, while my state has a dry air, here is so humid! Even the American
food is quite different from mine, I have been falling in love with it. It
is so delicious... At high school, I love the fact of people being so
different from each other in their hair and dress styles, thinking and
In Brazil, I had to take 12 subjects at school, and General History,
Literature, and English were my favorite ones. Also, I had to know all Math
formulas and could not use calculator at all for the exams. Here, I take six
subjects, and calculator is allowed as well as formula sheet to help me in
The difference of cultures fascinates me since I was a little girl. I
always have been interested in countries' languages, cultures, people...
This exchange is a dream come true. I have met people from all around the
world, I've made new friends, I've been practicing my English every day, and
I am getting to know myself. In the end of my exchange year, I believe I
will see a more independent, responsible and grateful person in myself.
I am very lucky, and thankful to the RYE program, my beloved parents,
sisters and to my dear host family, who are always helping and supporting