I have been in Austria now since January and I absolutely love it!!! I have made so many friends and my host family is great! Everything is very different and that was one thing that shocked me when I first got here. The food, my school, the language, the people, the fashion, everything is so different! One thing I am finding hard is the language, it is complicated but I know a lot now for someone who knew nothing when they first got here.
Some of the things I have done is skiing which was a great experience. I also have been to Venice in Italy with STS, that was so beautiful. My family likes to show me a lot and they want me to experience and be a part of everything. I have been homesick as well of course you but can't really do anything about it, you just have to be strong and keep going.
So far I have had an awesome time, it is a great opportunity to find out about yourself and learn from your experiences. And the best part is it is not over yet!!!!
From Hayley Morrison, STS exchange student in Austria