I have officially been in the Czech Republic for 3 months exactly. Rotary told us around the holidays is the time you become most homesick. Me being myself I thought I was above this and rolled my eyes. As I now know, they were not wrong. Luckily for me, I have the gym to keep me emotionally stable, but every once and a while the emotions come out of nowhere. I haven’t cried, but the thought of my whole family being together while I am across the globe slowly eats away at my heart. The feeling is indescribable.

On the other hand, this past month has led to a major learning curve. I have started learning Czech songs and am understanding the language more than ever. My current host family has been more than helpful with teaching me Czech. We play this Czech game where you lay out 25 cards with random Czech words on them. Then your partner tells you an adjective and you have to pick the correct words from the 25 cards. It is very difficult for me, but I have found I can learn and recognize 25 new Czech words in about two minutes. My memory has grown immensely and is for short-term, photographic. I can’t wait to use these skills in college. As a side note, I have also finally stopped biting my nails. After almost 11 years of doing this, I have finally quit. I couldn’t be more excited about having nails I have been showing them off. People probably think I am crazy, but I am just so proud of myself for ending this bad habit.

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