Forming bonds that will last a lifetime
BY MIAH SHEPPERSON, 16, Freestyle Staff Writer
This entire month I've had a German exchange student stay with me and my family. We have only lived together now for four weeks, and she has become a sister to me. Sadly, she leaves this Monday to go home.
I have learned a lot about myself by having her stay with me. Showing her the way Americans live and discovering people and places I thought I had forgotten has made me appreciate my life and the beautiful area in which I live. The food and culture of Lancaster is honestly something only to be experienced here, and I think she is very lucky to have stayed here in this area rich with so many different cultures and experiences.
I also have learned a lot about the way I view relationships. I am amazed at how close we have become and that I now think of her as family. I have enjoyed teaching her how to meet new people and explaining things like how to answer a text from an American boy. These all have been such interesting and growing experiences for me, too.
It's crazy the way people, including myself, go through their daily lives never stopping to ask simple questions like she does. One of the questions which I found interesting was "Do Americans really not cut up their pizza before they eat it?"
These kinds of things have made me realize how different, yet the same, everyone is. People everywhere have emotions, dreams and hopes for the future. If nothing else, we are all alike in this way.
The bond that this girl, who lives half a world a way from me, and I have formed will not soon be forgotten. I am sad that she will leave me, but I'm anxious about our future friendship as we continue to grow and learn new things about each of our cultures, even if it will be from half a world away.
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