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CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

Student of the Week (7.25.16): Lissy from Germany!

Posted in High School Program, Host Family, and Student of the Week

Lissy from Germany

Congratulations to our Student of the Week: Lissy from Germany!

Lissy joined us in March following an emergency placement. We were apprehensive, but never hesitated. She has been an absolute joy and the thought of her leaving already is so hard. We fell in love hard with this girl and never expected to.

Some of our fondest memories of and with her will be her infectious smile and laugh. Her laughing at us trying to say words in German and our deep Southern accents throwing it off had us all collapsing into fits of giggles. Her attempt to try and use our slang was also very funny. Her genuine smile when something made her happy or when she was playing with the little ones around here (we have 4 grandkids that live nearby and they adore her). She is constantly telling us that she is taking the baby home with her! Her witty, smart alecky comebacks when my husband or my kids throw some wise crack out to her really made her a hit with our family and she became one of us very quickly! The last day of school, she got in my car and we sat there and hugged while she cried, we stayed there as long as she felt she needed to in order to come to grips with the fact that this was it. We both cried and my heart just broke for her.

For my birthday, the day before hers, she and my husband planned a surprise birthday party for me, it was amazing! She was so happy and she just glowed when she saw that she pulled it off. She gave me a framed picture of her with different poses and even included 2 of the grandkids that are here daily with her because I babysit them. That was the best present I have ever received! Later that afternoon, we shocked her by throwing a surprise party for her and one of our other grandsons, whose birthday is 3 days before hers. That was not something she expected at all. I loved seeing her eyes light up and the happy tears swimming in those big, beautiful blue eyes of hers.

Lissy: I liked everything, it is so hard to choose just a few: it felt like I was living what I saw in the movies…the school spirit, the students dancing, prom, sports games, the half time show at football games.

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One Comment

  1. Kayla Hargues
    Kayla Hargues

    So blessed to be able to enjoy and read

    July 29, 2016
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