Initially I wanted to thank you for offering to be a family that welcome students like me so they can live the experience that I want to live and can improve the language enjoying other cultures.
My name is Claudia. I am 16 years old and I am from Spain. I live in a small island located in the Atlantic ocean.
I live with my father, my mother and my sister (Arin), who was also an exchange student. My mother works as an administrative officer for the state. My father is the owner of a travel agency. My sister is 18. My family in general is very sociable, communicative and close. I usually take care of my little cousins when I have time since I have many of them, I usually take them to the pool or we go to the movies but specially we like going to the beach.
My family and my friends think that I am a pretty mature girl for my age. People tend to trust me a lot. I am also a very happy person and what I like the most is to see that people have a good time with me. I usually know how to act in every situation and I have the ability to make important decisions.
I have such a good relationship with my parents. They know they can trust me and I can trust them. They have helped me make many decisions, such as being an exchange student.
I live in a wonderful island surrounded by incredible beaches and not only I live in a paradise I can also enjoy it all year long since we have such good weather. Something that I really like is being able to practice the sports that I love: swimming and rescue. In general I like all sorts of sports but I only practice water sports and I also like to spend some time in the gym. As I swim for the national competition level, I train 7 days a week, and when I have a few days off I love doing other things like surfing or sailing. The rescue is the sport that I like the most and thanks to the effort I put into practicing it I have managed to win national championships and I have even qualified several times for having several achievements.
My favourite subjects are physics and maths and that is why I am very clear about what I want to be when I grow up. I would like to prepare myself for aerospace engineering or air traffic control. Thanks to my parents I have been able to discover some other passions, like traveling. I have known many places in the world thanks to sport and the opportunity that my family has given me. I have been to London, Paris, Scotland, Morocco, Portugal, Prague, Strasbourg and Dubai. I have also been in the United States specially in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Mónica, Santa Bárbara and New York. I have to say my favourite was Santa Barbara. I will love to experience my exchange year somewhere similar to the coast of California.
I have many friends. I love hanging out with them and they are very important to me.
I love all sorts of foods. At home we usually eat very healthy. Due to my parents work, it is important that my sister and I help them with the chores, I have also learned to make many recipes especially desserts.
I´ve been preparing since I was 7 to compete nationally in what I´m passionate about and that´s why I love to teach people how to motivate themselves. I love small children and I love to teach them how to swim and have fun doing sports. That’s something I will really enjoy doing in America. That is why I volunteer whenever I can to help them with that and the rest of things that I do well, such as languages.
At school I have been studying English since I was 3 years old. They also teach us French and that´s why I have a good level in languages. Since I was little I wanted to learn a lot of them. I think that going to an English country its going to help me improve it and when I come back I can focus on learning others to fulfill that dream I have.
We had an exchange student at home about 3 years ago. We welcomed a German girl.
Thanks to my sister´s recommendation, I know that this experience will help me appreciate many things and be more responsible and independent as a person. I think that if I take advantage of this experience it can be one of the biggest opportunities in my life, to learn more about the language, habits and that country that I admire.
I have to admit that the hardest thing for me is not being close to my family and friends because despite of my personality I always take into account the advice they give me.
I am very anxious to be part of this great experience and to meet my new family from USA. I hope you have enjoyed reading my letter and knowing a little more about me and my dream.