Staying Positive in Texas
Exchange student from Italy poses on bridge in her homecoming dress in Texas

Lone Star State a long way from Italy

Hello, I'm Cecilia and I'm 17 years old. I'm from Italy and I arrived here in Texas two and a half months ago. All I can say is that everything is totally different from what I expected. 

At first, I was not scared at all and I was sure that I was not going to miss my homeland too much, but actually, that is not easy at all and the nostalgia is sometimes a lot. 

However, there are plenty of positive things that you experience during an exchange year, and even if it’s hard, I would do this 1,000 more times. The secret is focusing on the positive things that this experience gives you and trying to ignore the negative things. 

The spooky season has arrived, and I can’t wait to spend my favorite season—and all the others—with my host family.

Here in Texas, there are a lot of things to do. I'm doing a lot of activities with my host family such as going to a farm and seeing a baseball game in Houston's stadium.

I decided to join the cross-country team at my school and I’m really enjoying it. 

I went to several football and volleyball games, and I also attended the homecoming dance and it was amazing. 

Finally, the spooky season has arrived, and I can’t wait to spend my favorite season, and all the others, with my host family. I'm really proud of myself for deciding to do an exchange year.

—Cecilia (Italy), hosted by the Edwards family (TX)