Farewell in Indiana
Exchange student from Lebanon (girl) on a smalltown Indiana Main Street

"One heck of a roller coaster"

It’s coming down to the last few weeks before I go back to my home country, and I would like to take a moment to reflect. Being in America is, hands down, the highlight of my teenage years. It has been one heck of a roller coaster, but I managed to get to the finish line with millions of memories that I collected along the way.

No words in the English language can express my gratitude to PAX, YES, and everyone who made this happen. It’s amazing how certain people in a short amount of time can change your whole life. I will forever be grateful to the people who I now proudly call my friends and family, especially those who made my exchange year unbelievably astounding.

—Kinda (YES, Lebanon), hosted by the Havens family (IN)