Martina recently returned to Italy after her high school program with CETUSA in the United States. Read what she had to say on her final day in America:
So here we are. I can’t believe this moment would have come so fast. It seems yesterday I took a plane to arrive in an unknown country, but at the same time it seems a really long time since I’ve been here, because of all the things I could experience which will always be unforgettable memories. Words cannot describe how I feel right now-sad and happy at the same time, because leaving a life you built by yourself for such a short time makes me sad, but this experience has been the best one of my life so far, with all the beautiful and happy moments I lived.
Thanks to my American family, because otherwise without you I wouldn’t be here (and feel the oldest sister and a new member of the family and laugh all the time with you). I’m blessed to have met my crazy amazing American friends who tried to deal with my poor English and my sometimes being shy. You are all so important to me and made this experience the best, I’ll never forget you.
I’m thankful for this “new” life because it doesn’t just give me the opportunity to get to know amazing people from all over the world, expanding my horizons, to discover a new culture and see the world from another perspective. It makes me discover more about myself.
To students going on an exchange program: be ready, it will be the best time of your life, it will make you discover a lot more than you can even imagine. You will experience so many things and once you’re home again all you can say is “can we come back to page one and do it all over again?”
Thank you America, see you soon!