Last semester junior Audrey Ford was a foreign exchange student in Kirchdorf an der Krem, Austria, and Scharnstein, Austria. She attended BRG Borg Kirchdorf High School and stayed with three different host families. Audrey’s plan was to stay for a full year but decided to surprise everyone by returning home before Christmas.
Audrey’s reason for returning was, “I decided to return because the specific school that I had been attending wasn’t prepared for me, therefore [they] were not giving me the number of grades I needed. Which means that if I would have stayed, I wouldn’t have been able to graduate with my class.”
Upon her return, she realized, “The people, in general, have changed. I hadn’t seen most of the people that I went to school with since last May, so they were definitely going to be different, as I am too.”
“I missed driving! My family is a given, but driving was definitely at the top of the list. While being back, I've enjoyed meeting with old friends from the summer, and getting back to work,” Audrey commented.
While she is happy to be home, she commented, “I miss the sights that were all around me, specifically the mountains. I also miss being able to take a train to a city and roam around with my exchange friends and speak German to native speakers. And, of course, the food!”
“I would encourage others to go on an exchange because it’s an experience that you’ll never be able to duplicate, nor understand by merely just traveling. You really have a chance to live the life of a native,” Audrey stated.
We’re glad to have you back in the United States, Audrey!