To introduce myself, my name is Faith Stoneman, and this is my first blog. As some of you well know, I am a Rotary Outbound Exchange Student to France for the 2011-2012 school year. (Wow that is one long title. :)) Anyways, I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog so I could start a written collection of my adventures starting now. Hopefully when I'm 80 I will be able to read this and remember everything that was going on in my life at this point. I will try my best to be as descriptive as possible, and to not leave anything important out. As of right now, my goals are mainly to get through this school year, and learn enough French to be able to survive in France.
You may be wondering how the heck did I ever think of becoming an exchange student, and well, the answer to that is that I never really did think about it. I can't say that I have been looking forward to this my whole life, because it has been extremely recent. The thought came to me one day about four months ago while I was walking in the hall with a friend and I saw a poster that seemed to jump out at me. "Have you ever wanted to study abroad?" was the bolded question on the front. This got me thinking, and so the next day I found the poster and wrote down the information that I needed to get started with this whim. Before I knew it, I had been to an informational meeting, filled out a huge application, passed two interviews, and received a phone call from Robin telling me that I was headed to France next year, which was my first choice! :) I was very happy, but I can't say that I was ecstatic, because it didn't really register in my mind that it was for real until the weekend in Revelstoke, Canada came to pass. That weekend is worth a whole new paragraph. :)
That weekend in the mountains is a weekend that I am not soon to forget. That is where I finally had the realization that I would not be in America next year but in France. It was so cool to get to know all the other people from around the world. We are all so different, yet so alike! I wish that we didn't have to part so quickly. That weekend also informed me that I was totally behind in my language learning. Oh how I wish America was smarter! Why can't we have French or Spanish or even German immersion programs? We don't even have the metric system for crying out loud. Well I guess those are the obstacles that I will have to overcome, and believe me, I will overcome them. :) I have always been an ambitious person. (Haha, I can tell you some really great stories from my childhood, if you ever ask me.) Anyways back to Revelstoke. I can now truthfully say that my life has now changed for the better, and God has finally shown me a clear path to take. I can't wait to embark on this adventure!!! It will be so exiting; the rush of being independent is one that I seek often. So, you don't have to worry about me. Warn me all you want about the mannerisms of the French, and my lack of French linguistics, but I think i will take it as a challenge. Haha, we will see. :) All in all, I hope you enjoy the stories of my adventure, and I'm thrilled to present them to you.
Welcome to Walking with Faith.