My exchange hasn’t gone exactly as I had thought it would, but at the same time, I wouldn’t change it at all. One of the most important things I’ve learned while being here is that you can’t always just wait for something to happen, sometimes you have to go out and do something yourself. I’m living in a pretty small town, so there isn’t much to do, but the longer I’ve been here the more you come up with ways to entertain yourself.

The other exchange student in the same city as me are constantly hanging out and just having fun. We get coffee, lunch, take pictures, sometimes you can even catch a quick train to another city. For example, if we a day or so we go to Plzen and meet up with other exchange students or just hang the two of us. Being in a smaller city is an easy way to complain about your exchange or even compare it to another students exchange, but there’s no reason to do that because no one will ever have the same exchange as another person. I could easily just go home after school and do nothing, but that would be a complete waste of exchange, and even if I do just go home after school, I play games with my family or hang out with them. You have to choose how you want to spend your exchange and then work for it. It’s not going to be handed to you easily, but that’s okay because everything seems better when you’ve had to work for it at least a little bit.

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