Foreign Exchange Student Opportunity, wat do
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Posted 9/2/14
I have the opportunity to become a foreign exchange student in Japan next year for High School. I don't plan on going and saying"Hey guis I like anime huehuehuhe" as I'm not even open to anyone that I watch anime. I live in a small town in California, and there isn't much to do in this humid weather other than get high, stay home, or go travel someplace else(I don't live near any good beaches). The parties here are pretty good but they got old over the past 2-3 years and I've become tired of my town over the past couple of months.

This has lead me to want to become a foreign exchange student in order to experience something very rare that few people ever do. I want to experience different culture, meet new people, and have fun.

Anyways, my preferences of places to go are:

1. Japan
2. Finland
3. Italy
4. Germany

Let me know what you guys think.

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Would be better to attend my Senior High School year(Next year) or my Freshman College year(Two years from now). My GPA is 3.5+ easily.

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This is probably poorly explained and written because it's 2AM right now and I just got done writing an essay. I'll probably come back in 16 hours and re-explain things or edit things as needed.
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23 / M / AZ
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Posted 9/3/14
Do you speak any other languages other than English?
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19 / M / 堺市
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Posted 9/3/14
Do it. You rarely get a chance like this handed to you.
Maybe this is a nice place to look: http://cultures-shocked.org
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Posted 9/3/14

36gianni36 wrote:

Do it. You rarely get a chance like this handed to you.


Absolutely. I agree completely. This could be a once in a life time opportunity (or not). But the point is you are not getting any younger. I know if it was me, i would do it without a second thought. If i didn't, it would haunt me for the rest of my life.

The world is a big place. Eventually you have to leave the nest and explore.
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banbot wrote:

Anyways, my preferences of places to go are:

1. Japan
2. Finland
3. Italy
4. Germany

Let me know what you guys think.


I think the first thing you need to ask yourself is why you want to go to each of these countries and what you expect to get out of your experiences. Not to knock it, but I'm especially curious as to why you want to come to Finland.
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Posted 9/3/14
I say do as much research as possible on these places (the pros and cons on going) and if you have enough reasons/willingness to go I say go.
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24 / M / the bay
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Posted 9/3/14
have you ever traveled by yourself first? some people find it daunting to be away from home for an extended period of time, let alone do something as adventurous as a foreign exchange student program, and what this person said ^ gL hope you do it though ^_^
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Posted 9/6/14
Hi, I organised the international students of my college, and one of the first very noticeable differences between how much people enjoy it is how well they can communicate with other students and citizens (i.e. the students with poor English needed more help, and were far more confused).
This matters even if the school teaches through your language (i.e, you should have a social life too, and not be confused in town!)

So, as asked above, can you speak Japanese, German, Finnish or Italian? If you aren't willing to learn, are you OK with not understanding what is going on a lot of the time? You should definitely check out each countries English Proficiency Index here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EF_English_Proficiency_Index

As you see, Finland and Germany would be a wise choice for the English monoglot, while Japan and Italy may be more challenging.

Other than that, as the people above say, do research, and enjoy it!
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19 / M / Fresno, CA
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Posted 9/21/14
Banbot, you just described my city lol do you happen to live in Fresno? And I'm trying to foreign exchange too haha hopefully to Japan or Korea ^_^
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24 / F / Croatia
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Posted 9/24/14
If you have opportunity to go somewhere abroad just take it. I don't know much about Japan so I can't tell you more information but I agree with @jfd that this could be a once in a life time opportunity (or not). I'm going to Finland next semester as Erasmus student so if you interesting about Finland maybe I can help you
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