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4,275 miles: Fernanda Teles

Fernanda Teles is a senior from Brazil who is part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Indian Post interviewed Teles about her memorable year in the United States.

Indian Post: How long have you been at Unionville and when do you head back home to Brazil?

Fernanda Teles: I have been in Unionville since the beginning of the school year, and I am going back to Brazil in July.

IP: What is the best part about studying abroad?

FT: Meeting new people, experiencing a new culture, [working on my] personal development, representing my country, learning to appreciate everything, and traveling.

IP: What is the worst part about studying abroad?

FT: Homesickness.

IP: What do you miss from back home?

FT: My family, my friends, the beach, seventy to 95-degree weather all year long, BRAZILIAN FOOD, school ending at 12:40 PM, taking a nap after lunch, and speaking Portuguese!

IP: What has been your favorite memory?

FT: Playing for the Unionville Rugby Club! It was an amazing experience. I am glad I joined it. I have to thank the girls for being so nice to me.

IP: How have you adjusted to your host family?

FT: My host families were very welcoming, so I had no problem getting adjusted. I just had to be myself and show them I was thankful for what they were doing for me, and everything worked out.

IP: Do you have any advice for anyone looking into studying abroad?

FT: Going abroad was the best decision I have ever made and the best experience I have ever had! If you have the opportunity, talk to people that have been exchange students and [ask them about what it was like]. Also, find a trustable organization that can give you all the information you need about the exchange program and support you through the process. Then, just go for it! You are going to love it, I promise.

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