‘One of the best experiences of my life’

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Hola! I wanted to share with you a little story. My name is Tomas Nocetti and I am an exchange student from Argentina.

This story begins with a 17-year-old boy who decided to apply for a scholarship thinking that if in the remote case he won it, he could go see the girl he had a crush on in Finland. He did win the scholarship, but he ended up in Manhattan, Kansas. What at the beginning seemed to be a bad thing ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.

My time in the Little Apple was incredible. It wasn’t just the amazing family I got to live with, the Kiracofes — the sweetest people you can probably find; or the stunning friends I made that I’ll never forget. I got to live everything I could have possibly dreamed of. Picking your classes, having a locker, going to a school so big that you need a GPS to figure your way around, football games, cheerleaders, winning Mr. MHS, having to drive to school, going to prom and having a graduation dressed with a funny costume. Those are things that maybe you guys are used to, but for me they were things I could just see in the movies. Those are the things that made this year probably the most unique year I’ve ever had.

First of all, I would like to thank my host parents, Julie and Kent, because without you guys my experience wouldn’t have been nearly as good as it was; thanks to my host brothers, Max and Brady, and sister, Jillian; I want to tell you that the word “host” is not necessary anymore.

Thanks to the school teachers. I’ll never forget what I learned this year and how all of you made me feel as welcomed as you could. I am really thankful to the principal for letting me be an Indian at Manhattan High School, and I would like to send a special thanks to Mr. Wichmann for taking care of this confused boy; and all the people of the AFS chapter; they do an amazing job.

Finally if you ever spoke to me or if I knew you in some way, thanks a lot. You helped make this an amazing experience, and I hope someday I’ll see you again. And remember, things change without us planning to, and something that we think is not the way we wanted it to be can change your life.

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