To the Editor:
My name is Oliver Liebe, and I am an exchange student from Denmark. My year in the U.S. has been an amazing adventure, an emotional roller coaster of longing for home and wanting to stay — but I would not have traded this experience for anything in the world. I have made exceptional friends that will last a lifetime, and besides being spectacular people, they’re from all around the world.
This really has been an amazing journey. I will never forget my time here in the beautiful town of Manhattan, Kansas. I am going to miss all the opportunities here because, as you all know, the U.S. is the land of opportunities.
I come from a much smaller town, so having the main street with all the stores, the mall and even a music store has been quite the thrill for me. Back home, I have to get on a bus and travel for an hour or so to get to the closest big city.
This experience has made me grow not just as a teenager, but as a human being. The life les-sons I learned here I will forever carry with me. I have learned how to go to an entirely new place, meet entirely new people and go to school in a different language, all of which I think will prove to be valuables skills. I was much more shy when I first got here, but not knowing anyone made me just jump out into it.
I’ve enjoyed my time here in the U.S. very much, but now it’s time for me to go home, and I can feel it. I have all of my old friends, family and a new school to go home to.
So these are my last words to an utterly amazing town that has given me so much. I just wanted to thank everyone. I’m not going to make a list of people because it would take up several pages, so a few groups will have to do. I would like to thank the teachers at the high school, my friends, and the AFS volunteers. Thanks to everyone who has helped make my experience unforget-table.
I am however going to thank one very special group of people, who just happen to be my host family — the Myers-Bowmans. Thank you so much for accepting me in to your amazing family, and thank you for being such incredible people.