To the Editor:
My name is Andy Grenier; I’m an AFS exchange student from France. I have lived for 10 months in Manhattan. I lived with the Levin family for the first six months of my stay in this amazing country, and I have finished my year with the Oropesa family.
I’m very thankful to the two host families who opened their houses to me. I still don’t know if I want to go back to France or stay here. My feelings are really mixed.
I have had a lot of great experiences here. First, I loved to participate in sports on Manhattan High School’s teams. I ran with the cross-country team, swam with the swimming team and did javelin with the track and field team. I also really appreciate all of the experiences that I got to enjoy with both host families, such as football games and Christmas and spring breaks.
I’m also thankful to all the friends who helped me during the school year. I want to thank all my teachers who helped me to understand the language and the American culture as well. I am thankful to Joan Meyer, my AFS liaison, with whom I could communicate whenever I need-ed information. I also want to thank all the AFS volunteers, who really helped with the program and helped my dream to take place. It was a wonderful experience.
I’m still a little bit homesick but I know that when I am back in France, I’ll be U.S.-sick because I will miss this beautiful country and all the wonderful people I have had the occasion to meet in this great experience.