Written by Stanislav Tkatsevich (’16; Ukraine/CA)
My name is Stanislav and I am a current student of World Link Inc. I would like to share with you my own story and what means to me to be an exchange student.
FLEX Program is a unique chance to experience something amazing. Applying for this scholarship had changed my life forever. But still, when I got my placement organization World Link Inc., I did not know what an amazing journey is waiting for me.
When I came to the US everything was new, like the host family. It is unreal. I cannot forget the first meet at the airport and first hug from people, that were going to be your “second” family forever. Then you are living, adjusting and becoming a part of this family. Only by being an exchange student, you learn such things as being responsible, thinking ahead and how to appreciate all, that you have. When you are living in another country, you start to form your new opinion about life. The biggest thing I have learned during staying in the US, was how to be an adult. My year in America helped me to grow up and see things differently. That is really important to me. My host-family, my high school became a part of my life forever and I will never forget the experience of becoming the part of the family, travelling together or playing sports at school. This new environment really helps you to find something new, that you can love and connect to your life for a long time.
What about World Link, the biggest motivation was the encouraging to volunteer and “thrive” into the US exchange student life. All the volunteering and events with the cluster helped me to realize what I want to do in life. It taught me to be a person, who cares and wants to help others. World Link was helping all the time and will help. In the end of the year, I could say, that this year was unforgettable, full of adventures and fun. Moreover, you will never forget people, that you met.
I wish future leaders not to be scared and take the challenge. We should work on our future together and always try to improve communities we live in.