Monday, June 27, 2011

it's only the beginning..

Dear friends,

My name is Paige Rothfus and in a little over a year, I plan to study abroad in Spain as an AFS foreign exchange student. In late August 2012, I plan to travel to Spain for ten months during my senior year of high school. Like most other students, I want to make the best of my education and I believe traveling to Spain and immersing myself in a whole new language and culture, would be a great way to do so! Traveling to Spain, not only would open my eyes and make me a better person, but will also give me the opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life. While in Spain, I will strive to solidify my Spanish speaking skills and by doing this, it help me further understand and fully accept a new culture and way of life. During my ten months in here, I will learn new things every day about the Spanish culture; hopefully I will educate the people around me of the American culture, as well. I decided to start the fundraising process a little early, to ensure I can reach my goal.
Ever since I was a little kid, I have enjoyed listening to the marvelous stories my grandparents used to tell of their travel experiences throughout the world. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of traveling not only to different places and countries, but outside of my comfort zone, too. Now that I finally have the chance to study abroad, I'm definitely going to take it!
So far, I have been working a part-time job to earn money for my trip and tuition fees. I also have been babysitting, and doing everything in my willpower to make my trip to Spain a success. I have already filled out my preliminary application and I am actively working on the tedious full application. I want to insure a spot to study abroad in Spain, and by getting a head start, that's bound to happen! Don't worry, I will continually post and update you about me and my adventures!

Thank you,