To celebrate our 30th year of international exchange program operations, we are reaching out to former students and host families and asking them to share with us where they are now and how their NWSE exchange experiences changed their lives.
We recently heard from Mianu from Japan, an NWSE academic year student in 2014-15 (see below). If you're part of our alumni community, share your story with on our Facebook page or by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just wanted to share that my exchange year significantly changed my life thanks to an amazing host family and the greatest community where I stayed. I learned during my exchange year that I am not alone, and there are people who support me and encourage me even though they are not my blood-related family. From that experience, I started to think that I want to contribute to society and be someone who can support and encourage people around the world. That is why I entered George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as a freshman this year! I'm in the School of Business and will probably concentrate in international business and international affairs. I am still connected to my host family and I visited them during my winter break.