Hi future American family! I’m already kind of nervous but very excited to meet all of you.
Let me introduce myself, I’m Luis, from a beautiful city in the south of Spain. I have two younger sisters; the first loves basketball, and my youngest sister also loves basketball and pretty much every sport. And then my parents.
All three of us kids love playing sports and we’ve been doing them since we were young. Our parents also used to be athletes, especially my dad, until a few years ago when he hurt his foot and had to stop. We would go running with him and play all kinds of sports. This helped us get really good at sports, with us usually winning!
What I like to do most is play sports, I love it. The sports that I play the most are soccer and tennis, although I’m doing more and more running. Getting up every day, putting on your running shoes and going out for a jog seems to satisfy me more and more every day. I’m on a soccer team where I have great friends and almost every weekend we have games. With tennis, I usually only go to matches when I have time on the weekends. Even though I have to study more and more which leaves me with less time for sports, I try to organize my time the best that I can. In Spain they give us a lot of homework, at least two hours every day. This is sometimes a problem because classes don’t get out on Mondays and Tuesdays until 5 in the afternoon, so we have to be well organized and study on the weekends as well. From what I understand, the educational system over there is different and I’ll have more time to practice sports. That’s going to be great. I’m hoping that when I get there I’ll be able to play American football and baseball, which we don’t play here and I’m sure will be really fun.
We’re lucky that our parents are always able to come with us to games and tournaments. My dad was the one who taught me how to play soccer and tennis, and since I was young I was always playing with him, and now I’ve even gotten much better than him, haha, although every now and then I let him win. I’ve had a lot of luck playing indoor soccer, and when I was 11 I was chosen for the regional team and we got second place in all of Spain. It was a fantastic experience and luckily when I was thirteen they picked me again and that year we managed to win the national championship. I will never forget that week in the tournament, imagine, soccer champions of Spain, a dream come true.
Now I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a very happy person, always laughing, caring, sociable, friendly and noble. I’ve always been very close to my family, I love being with my family, watching “American” movies, hahaha, and doing things together, traveling, going out to the country, riding bikes, or going out to eat as a family. I like helping people whether they need it or not. I love children, they make me laugh until I can’t laugh anymore. If I had to define myself in two words they would be noble and sociable. I’m very happy with the family that I have, I love them so much, I love my sisters, we’ve always been very close, and we never argue. I don’t like when people get mad at each other, I can’t stand it. My sisters have always supported me, in good times and bad times. I also have two grandmothers who are two very important pillars in my life. Concerning friends, I’ve always found it very easy to make friends, it’s not difficult for me and I always have a great time with them playing soccer, going to the pool or to the movies or going out to grab a hamburger. I have great friends that have always helped me out and been very understanding when it comes to my diabetes and celiac. Curiously, three years ago one of my friends was also diagnosed with diabetes as well, so now the two of us are in the diabetes gang.
With respect to my diabetes and celiac, my parents and I don’t foresee any problems with me spending a year abroad, although I know that deep down they’re still a bit concerned. But I won’t let my illness stop me from doing something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and that I know I can do. I think it’s a magnificent opportunity that I’m able to travel across the world and live in the U.S. and improve my second language. It’s a country whose culture, way of life, houses, towns, countryside, people, and customs I’ve always felt attracted to. It might be hard for me to speak the language at the beginning and adapt to the different customs but I’m a strong guy and I’ll quickly adapt. Something else I keep in mind is my diabetes, but I’m independent and have been taking care of myself and my diabetes for a long time now. Since I was diagnosed eight years ago, I’ve never had a problem. I remember when I was diagnosed diabetic, at first, I was pretty sad since I was the only one of my friends who had it, but in life you’ve got to keep moving forward. And that’s exactly what I did. Then four years ago I found out I´m a celiac. That was a bit of a hard hit, but I faced it with the help of my family, especially my mom. She is the person who has helped me the most, along with my dad and my sisters.
I figure my life in Spain is pretty similar to life over there. I get up at 7 to go to school, classes start at 8, Mondays and Tuesdays I have class until 5pm and the rest of the week until 2:30. After eating lunch at around 3:30 I practice with my team and then come home to study, shower, eat dinner and go to bed around 10 or 11 at night, depending on how much I have to study. On the weekends I almost always have soccer games, and many times tennis tournaments. I also like to go out with my friends one day to take a walk around the city, grab a hamburger or go to one of my friends’ houses. The rest of the weekend I like to spend time with my family.
With respect to why I want to go to the U.S. I can tell you that I love everything about the United States, even if I have to wear a winter hat every day, haha! Where I´m from we never wear them. I’ve always felt attracted to the big schools that you see in movies, the neighborhoods… I’ll also be able to make many friends, get to know your way of life, see spectacular places, compete in other sports that would be unthinkable here in Europe, get to know the environment of the schools, sports games, the way of life of an American family, their houses, those sports events with the stands full of excited fans; it’s all so exciting, I can’t even really believe I’m actually going, I’m so excited. I understand that everything I’ve listed may seem like the most normal things in the world to you, but for me it’s all new. Where I live everyone lives in apartments in the city and you don’t have the option to take a walk through a neighborhood and see the houses with their nice gardens and big American cars. I also have a few cousins who studied over there when they were my age and they tell me it was a spectacular experience, and that it’s perfect because I’ll be able to play a lot of sports. But most of all because I’ll be lucky enough to have a second family, a Spanish one and an American one.
I hope you’ve been able to get to know me a little bit from my letter. At any rate I wrote it very eagerly. As for me, I’d be delighted to be lucky enough to be a part of your family, I’m sure it will be great meeting you very soon and that I’ll adapt quickly. I know that we’ll become very close after only a short time. It’s going to be an awesome year and I’m looking forward to spending it with you.