My name is Eduarda Correa Flores da Silva, I’m 16 years old. I spent six months in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia to study in a high school experience in Seaford Secondary College, so I’m going to say a little bit about it.
My experience in Australia will always be in my memory and the people I met and the friendships I made here will stay in my life forever. Most of the friendships were made at the school Seaford Secondary College, so the learning place was a big help in the aspect of meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone, because when I got here, the exchange students coordinator, Mr Adam Pearce, introduced me to other exchange girls and that initiative was really good, because we know each other pretty well and we are really good friends.
I had amazing experiences with the school, like surfing and go to the Wild Life Park. Surfing was something that I always wanted to do here in Australia since I decided to come here, so I was really happy when the school communicated me that I was going to do the amount of ten surfing classes with the other exchange students, so one of my wishes came true, it was a really nice adventure and it will come back to my life as soon as possible, the classes were better than I expected and South Australia’s beaches didn’t disappoint, besides surfing, we did body boarding and snorkelling, so it was amazing to try a lot of new things. Of course, one of my dreams was to meet kangaroos and it was amazing having this experience with my exchange friends, we went to the Wild Life Park in the first week, so it was an awesome way to be welcomed here and we saw a lot of different animals that we don’t have in Brazil and I want to be a veterinarian, so I loved the experience.
With the same group of girls and the school, we went to the Natural Museum and it was insane. It was amazing, it was beyond my expectations and it was really nice to know a little bit more about Australia and what they have here. We went to the city of Hahndorf and to the city to know Rundle Mall and Chinatown and now I go to these places all the time, so it was good to do a tour with someone that knows everything around here.
I did Outdoor Education class and we did a lot of outdoor activities that were different for me because I don’t do that in Brazil, we paddle with a kayak, surfing, bush walking and indoor climbing. I don’t do outdoor adventures so this class was really good so I could know new things and experiment before saying I don’t like it and know myself a little better and see what I like to do best. The best thing was the surfing classes, because I was really into it with the sport because of the classes with the international students and I was getting the hang of it, so it was more fun.
I was in dance class too, because it is something I like to do since I was a kid, so I wanted to experience that in my exchange and it was amazing. My dance classmates always made me feel welcomed and we are close friends. The class itself is so much fun and the preparation to the performance was something I didn’t do a long time ago, so it was really good to remember the pressure and the nervousness before going on stage and the feeling of mission accomplished after the performance is done. Stay all day preparing everything, fixing the costumes, deciding the makeup and rehearsing with the girls was an unforgettable experience and I have to thank the school and the dance teacher, Ms Kerrisk, for the opportunity.
I am sure that this exchange was the best experience in my life and I owe this to all the people that were with me in this months, that helped me when I needed and made me enjoy every second of it. The exchange students, that now are my host sisters, we are really close now and we are going to be friends for life, my friends in school that I hope we talk a lot after I go back to Brazil, but I will always remember them and my host family that I met two weeks after I got in Australia, they will always be part of my life and I am so grateful and lucky to know them and have the opportunity to spend six months with them.