A Family to Call Home

Annika M. is currently a junior at SYA France and a blogger for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from Hanover High School in New Hampshire.

The saying “It’s not where you are, but the people you’re surrounded by,” could not ring more true in the context of my host family. 

A week and a half ago, after returning from two weeks of independent travel around France, I was reunited with my host family. A big smile spread across my face when I saw them. I felt relieved, in a way, to be back in my home and to be surrounded by the people who have made my year so special. Although independent travel was so much fun and exploring different restaurants and cafés had its perks, I was very happy and very grateful to eat my host mom's cooking after two weeks of non-homemade food. I was also very grateful to sleep in my bed after two weeks of semi-comfortable hotel mattresses. 

The night I got back, my two host parents and my four host siblings all crowded onto the couch to exchange photos from our two weeks of vacation. I showed them my favorite places in Paris, Lyon, Nice, and Nîmes, and explained to them what we saw and where we went. They then showed me adorable photos of their skiing adventure in the Pyrenees. Although we weren’t together during these two weeks, it was really nice to be able to share with each other what we had done. 

My host family has made my experience. Whether it be coming home from two weeks of not seeing them, or coming home after a long school day, my host family is always there to support me and cheer me up. I am so lucky that I have this new family that I can feel so at home with. 

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