Exchange is about...

This text ISN'T writtin by me, it was written by an other exchange student from the US. But I like it  lot and I want to share it with you.

"Exchange" is about learning.
Not learnig the thing tought in school, but learning about yourself. It's learning how to listen, how to speak and how to think.
Learning who you are, who your friends are, the type of people you want as friends. Learnig to trust your  innermost feelings and how to find those feelings in the first place. It's about learning what's really important to you. Learning what you really don't give a damn about.

"Exchange" is about learning how to tolerant, to accept, how to trust, how to like and how to love.
Learning how to give as well as receive and how to trust that somehow things will generally be okay in time.
It's about learning that your mom and dad do have the right answers sometimes and that your kid sister isn't so bad as you thought.

"Exchange" is about treating people as unique individuals, not as strereotypes.
Learning that a kiss sometimes is just a kiss: sometimes it means more, sometimes it means less. Learning how to achieve, how to succeed, how to accomplish.
It's about learnig how to not come in first place and still be proud and about coming in last and learning how to admit that you could have done better.

"Exchange" is about learning that large parties don't necessarily mean a good time.
Learning that loneliness doesn't go away in a crowd, and that sometimes it's okay to be by yourself on a Friday or Saturday night. It's about learning that your lunchtime squad doesn't constitute your popularity it's all a matter of perspective.
It's about learning that boredom is simply laziness of the mind and that watching three hours of TV every night is not quality relaxtion time.

"Exchange" is about learning how to pack a bag and how to pack a room full of way to much stuff.
It's about learning that people probably like you a whole lot more than they will ever tell you and that's your responsibility to make sure your friends know how much you appreciate them.
It's about learning that simply doing what you are supposed to do isn't enough. You need to put forth extra effort in order to truly grasp whatever it is that's sitting in front of you.
It's about learning how to make people smile.

"Exchange" is about learning how to miss people enough to not stick them into the past, and how to not miss them so much that it keeps you from moving into the future. Learning how to motivate other. Learning what the phrases "make do" means and how to use it seem as if you are not simply "making do".
It's about 26 different ways of saying "we made out" and how to swear in all the different languages of the other exchange students.

"Yes, exchange is about learning... learning ho to live."


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