Thursday, December 24, 2009

Last Christmas in the States?

Tomorrow may quite possibly be my last Christmas in the U.S.A for a two years! :O *Gasp* That's exciting to think about.... Nudge nudge... to any relatives who don't know what to get me, a donation of any amount would be an awesome present (Sorry about the shameless plugging)! Anyhow, I have been informed that I will find out about my acceptance very very shortly! I will keep you posted!
I wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Sincerely,
Carly

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hooray for the Widget O' Wonder

Well, today was a good day before I checked my email... but, it just got better! Back in October, I was having some problems with email with AFS. It was quite confusing. But now, everything is happy again because I got an email today with the instructions on how to get the "Chip In" widget o' wonder onto my blog. Basically, as you can see to the right of this post, there is a little gadget that has a button with Chip In written on it. If you decide you would like to help fund my trip to France, which would be greatly appreciated, then you can click that button, enter the amount you would like to donate, and securely use paypal to help me reach my goal. I chose five thousand as a goal because that would help immensely with the application price. However, don't feel obligated to pay an insane amount of money. Any amount would help me out and I sincerely thank anybody that decides to donate any sum of money!
In fact, here are some examples of how many people it will take to reach five thousand dollars if each gives:

$1.00-5000 people
$2.50-2000 people
$5.00-1000 people
$10.00-500 People
$15.00-333(.3?) people
$20.00-250 people
$30.00-166 people

And so on. So you see, any amount makes it easier for me to reach my goal. Thank you all so much for helping!

Sincerely,
Carly

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ironically...

I feel like what happened in my French class on Wednesday is noteworthy news. Well, first of all, the question of the day just happened to be "Can you imagine studying abroad? Do you like that idea?" (In French, of course....) I thought it was an awesome coincidence, that my French teacher was just curious if anybody else in my class had put any thought into it. However, she didn't put that in just for fun, because later she said that the visitor we had been expecting was waiting to be sent up to the classroom. I was kind of in a daze on Monday, so I didn't exactly hear who the visitor was, and I was excited. But nothing could surpass the awesomeness of seeing an AFS volunteer walk in the door. It was amazing! He first explained what AFS was, introduced himself as Grant Ziolkowski and told us of his year in Spain when he was a senior. I had some troubles forcing down the extreme joy. At the end I went up to him with my French teacher and we talked and I thanked him. It ended up being one of those unexpected happy things that just make your day brighter. However, it wasn't just an awesome way to start the day. If I get that excited when a single AFS volunteer is in the room, I know that I am ready to make this gigantic step in my life. I can't wait!
Sincerely,
Carly

Monday, November 16, 2009

Application (Almost) Complete

Whoopee! This weekend I completed all except the passport part of my application. I am uber-pumped. Soon I will be turning it in, and after that i will be finding out whether I got in or not, and after that, I might be finding out when my flight is, and then it might be the END of the school year, and then it might be August (birthday), and then it might be time to pack, and then it might be time to leave. So as you can see, not too long until France becomes a reality. And judging on how fast a third of the school year has already gone by, I wouldn't be surprised if the AFS process happens just as fast as it does when I wrote that sentence above. I just sincerely hope that I get into AFS France and they aren't just like, "Sorry, France and French Belgium finished up months ago and you will have to wait another year!" :( They probably won't, though. And, you know, if I have to, I would choose somewhere else, like Italy. Get back to my Italian roots. That would be fun. But as of now, France is my number one choice. AH! I am so excited! I have random paroxysms of happiness I am so ecstatic! Knowing that next year might be the most life changing year of my life just makes this school year so much more tolerable... Almost...fun! Haha...maybe not, but you know what I mean. See you soon!

P.S. In a few weeks there will probably be a little gadget on the side of my blog to help with fund raising! yay! :):)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Scholarship and Other InterestingThings...

Hello World! I came home from the movie Coco before Chanel this afternoon anxious to log into my email and see if there were any important updates from AFS. Fortunately, when I looked in my inbox at the top there was an unread message... Hooray! I then found out I had received a scholarship from AFS. Now I just have to get in my full application by November 16 and I will be able to use it towards my tuition. Thank you AFS!

In order to help with fund raising, I would like to tell you a bit more about myself. I want to study abroad with AFS next year not only because it is a fantastic way to learn a new language, to delve into a new culture and to learn more about myself, but also because I value adventure and being able to adapt to new surroundings. I expect that coming out of this program, I will be a changed person mentally and physically without even knowing it. In return, I want to bring France (Or another place) and its people a glimpse of American culture and promote understanding of other countries and lifestyles. And hopefully someday I will be able to volunteer for AFS and help others achieve dreams similar to mine. Some challenges I may have to overcome include leaving friends, family and loved ones behind for an entire semester or year, having to make new relationships and of course the language barrier. But all of these challenges can be overcome because I know that the entire time I spend there will be a learning experience that is difficult but rewarding in the long run. To help raise money to go to AFS, I have tried a couple of things and plan on doing some others as well. For now I have had a bake sale/garage sale and also I have started to babysit more often. What I want to do in the future is to try to fund raise on this blog and also try to sell t-shirts that my friends and I make sometimes. I know that I will be able to get where I want to go no matter what obstacles I encounter if I stay strong and try my hardest, so I look forward to starting this adventure now, almost a year from when I might leave. So long for now! Have a good Halloween!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

France Perchance....

Well, As you might already know, my name is Carly. For this blog I have decided to talk about next year.... I am hoping to do a foreign exchange program to France with AFS. I will be a Junior in high school, and it would be one of the most life-changing years of my life. Hopefully this dream will come true! I have worked pretty hard at the application etc. and I sent in my letter of recommendation for a merit scholarship, but I will have to wait and see how that turns out. I already had the in-home interview (which went pretty well! ), but I haven't sent in my full application so nothing is for certain. Well, I'll be sure to update if anything major happens, but other than that, Au revoir!