My host-sister, Delia, and I first started talking to each other on July 27th, 2017 when I sent her an email introducing myself once we were allowed to communicate. We knew just from the applications that we had a lot in common, but once we started talking it really showed. The first struggle we encountered as sisters was humor, not because our senses of humor were different, but because we didn’t know enough about each other to understand the jokes we made. Once we got closer, we communicated in jokes almost every time we talked, and saved those terrible jokes as videos. Once I arrived, my host-family took me to their cottage that they own on Monhegan Island, where there is no electricity and we had no choice but to talk to each other and become the loving and close family that we are today. We all played games and went on hikes and adventures to rusty shipwrecks and explored the kingdom of fairy houses that lives in Cathedral Woods. This family has expanded my tastes and points of view about everything; before I went on exchange, I had never really been a fan of musicals, but my new friends and family have introduced me to a whole new world of music and storytelling. Long story short, I will never get Hamilton out of my head. This year I learned that it’s not the big things, but the little things that made my experience the best thing in my life; the little things that made me feel at home, cozy, and loved by everyone. It’s the fear of every exchange student that they won’t fit in with their host-family, but once I got here, my sister and I have been told that we could be really related, and since we’re only a month apart, we’re almost twins.
Music is my host-sister Delia singing “All The Years” by Wild Child
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