An Entrepreneur at Heart

Posted on Apr 30, 2019
An Entrepreneur at Heart

Jitong, also known as Tony, is a senior in high school in Rockford, Illinois. For his senior project, Tony designed a stylish t-shirt representing his school. A significant part of the project involved marketing and selling the final product. The fashionable shirts, which are available in black and white, are selling for $10 each and […]

Talent + Discipline = Excellence

Posted on Apr 24, 2019
Talent + Discipline = Excellence

It turns out if you put your mind to it, and have some natural talent to help you out, you really can excel at just about everything. Litao, or Leo, and 11th grader in Appleton, WI, is proof. First, there is his academic performance. Vivian, who is Leo’s host mother, shares that he is very […]

Another Art Masterpiece!

Posted on Apr 23, 2019
Another Art Masterpiece!

Mirim, a graduating senior attending school in Rockford, Illinois, has demonstrated her amazing artistic abilities once again. This time, Mirim, who is from South Korea, was awarded third place in the Juries High School Art Show at Rock Valley College. There were over 100 entries from Rockford area high schools. Mirim’s winning art piece was […]

For the Love of Animals

Posted on Apr 18, 2019
For the Love of Animals

Yu Ri, or Crystal, was afraid of dogs, cats, and other animals before coming to the U.S. Now, she spends her time volunteering to care for them. “When I first came to America, my host family had a ginormous dog and a bird at our house. I became comfortable with the dog because he was […]

Just Do It

Posted on Apr 9, 2019
Just Do It

Seojeong, or SJ, is a senior in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Originally from South Korea, SJ recently traveled to Sedona, where she ran her very first half marathon. “I was never passionate about running in South Korea mainly due to the poor air quality, traffic, and large amount of people. Here in Arizona, everything allows for […]

Ski Trip Memories to Last a Lifetime

Posted on Apr 1, 2019
Ski Trip Memories to Last a Lifetime

Although he has skied several times in his home country of China, Tao, or Alex, had not skied in two years until his joining his host family on a recent ski trip. Alex, who is a 16 year-old student in Michigan, noticed that for him, the main difference between skiing in China and Michigan was […]

Spreading Cheer

Posted on Mar 29, 2019
Spreading Cheer

“She is an all-in-one pep squad all by herself!” This is how Min is described by her Local Coordinator, Suzy. Min, who is a natural motivator, had never been a cheerleader before coming to the U.S. “There is no cheerleading in South Korea. However, I remember being the class leader, and I would enjoy going […]

Math in Action

Posted on Mar 28, 2019
Math in Action

Jiyoon is a senior from South Korea who attends high school in Illinois. She is an A+ student and is involved in many leadership opportunities at school. Jiyoon’s Local Coordinator, who describes her as very quiet, soft spoken, and extremely ambitious, shares that Jiyoon was chosen for the Leadership Team right away. Everyone on the […]

And the Band Played On

Posted on Feb 28, 2019
And the Band Played On

Simiao, or Monica as her friends know her, is a Junior who attends high school in Michigan.  She is currently involved in two band activities at school. Monica plays percussion instruments in the school’s concert band and the xylophone in the marching band. Monica did not always have the passion for music that she has […]

Artistic Talent Runs Deep

Posted on Dec 19, 2018
Artistic Talent Runs Deep

Not everyone is born with artistic talent, let alone a passion to pursue and develop it. For Seojung, or Lucy as her friends know her, a graduating senior in Rockford, Illinois, pursuing artistic endeavors has been a cornerstone of her life. Lucy, who is from South Korea, is described by her Local Coordinator as being […]

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