USA 2009/2010

During my third year of High School in Brazil I was chosen by the local Rotary Club’s President to apply for the exceptional opportunity of becoming a Rotary Exchange Student in a foreign country. In August of 2009, I left Brazil to attend Apple Valley High School, MN, where I completed my senior year. I was also elected ‘Creative Mind’ through Apple Valley Theater Club for the school year of 2009-2010. Along with the EaglEye crew, a video news magazine completely produced by the students, I was the recipient of 2010 Upper Midwest Emmy, for the EaglEye #48 show, one that I anchored.

Leaving my comfort zone really paid back. During my exchange year I encountered many people who have helped me get where I am today, including my three amazing American host families that have made my life a lot more joyful and easy. Without their help I would have never been able to come here for my studies. Having a family with whom I can share my culture as I learn more about theirs just made my experience unique.

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr., a civil rights and antiwar campaigner once said: “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.” This country, more than any other, is blessed with cultural diversity. Our background is something we should be proud of. As a Brazilian Rotary Exchange Student, I am here not only to represent my country but to learn a new way of living, a new language, and a great deal about myself.  As I learn, I also teach others about my country, my culture, and my ideas. I am a youth ambassador, helping to bring the world closer together and developing great friendships in the process.

At the end of my exchange year I left with a lot of the knowledge I planned on gaining: I improved more than just my academics, I developed my leadership skills, teamwork, responsibility and work ethic. Based on the wonderful experience I had, and on the skills I gained, I decided to come back and pursue my bachelor’s degree in Minnesota. The experiences that I have had since I first got on a plane in August of 2009 have shaped who I am today.

19 thoughts on “USA 2009/2010

  1. Being a mother myself, I would suspect that your mom’s greatest joy is seeing you blossom into such a beautiful soul…to then share that radiance is an even greater gift and compliment to her own dreams… Merci!

  2. Joseph says:

    Hi Marcos,

    I came to check out your website, My boss is heavily involved in Rotary, so I’m going to forward to him your website. I think he’ll enjoy this.

  3. Hi
    Only just found your blog-but I love it! I cant wait to leave school and travel. Lots of blogs are about travel and you make me so jealous! But it seems like you have a laugh and enjoy yourself which is what it’s all about!

  4. I’ve seen the comments on yours and I totally agree – you are living the dream! Maybe you even fall under the example of why social media will be the end of me…:)

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  7. Glad to see another Rotary student keeping up a blog! So wonderful that you’ve had so many experiences abroad. And to think that Chileans think my American self is Brazilian! Cheers to more experiences and cheers to Rotary for letting us embark on such adventures

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  9. Salut, Marcos. Ton blog est très intéressant. Je l’aime bien. Je viens d’Australie et j’apprends le français aussi, depuis 1 ans et demi. Mon signe de zodiaque est le lion, comme toi Je suis un peu jalouse de toi car tu peux habite en France. Cette année, je vais aller à Paris et dans le Midi, en septembre, pour deux semaine seulement.
    J’espere que tu vas écrire souvent ici. À bientôt.

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