Meet Mizuho from Japan, our Student Ambassador for the month of June.
1) Tell us about your high school exchange year.
I go to Lyman Memorial High School in Connecticut. I really love my school because I made many wonderful friends through classes, sports, and school events. My teachers are very supportive. I have many favorite things about the US, but what I love the most is the people and their open minds. Many people here are really friendly and interested in new things, so I have been asked many questions about myself, my country, Japan, our cultures, and so on. My friends like to know about Japan and they also like to teach me about the US, so I often ask them questions, especially English grammar. (Sometimes they answered with “Actually, I don’t know. That’s a nice question! Lol”)
2) How does life in Japan compare to life in Connecticut?
I have so many hobbies such as drawing, photography, sports, and traveling. My family life in Japan is similar to what I have been doing in the US. We watch movies or shows and talk together at night on during the week. The difference is that I have two younger host brothers. I have a younger sister in Japan, but I don’t have any brothers, so it’s really new to me and I love them so much.
3) Why did you decide you wanted to go on an exchange year?
I learned of high school exchange year from my friend in my Japanese high school who was an exchange student before. I decided to apply because I’ve been feeling so suffocated staying in Japan for some reason and I really wanted to live in a very different place. I chose EF because it seemed like the most experienced organization.
4) Why did you want to become an EF Exchange Year Ambassador? What kind of things do you do as an Ambassador?
I’m honored to be a student ambassador and it makes my exchange year more precious. I believe it is my responsibility to share my experience with other people and learn their experiences. I became an ambassador because I want you to know how wonderful the exchange year is. Also, I want to help people who are thinking about studying abroad, but are unsure. I like being an ambassador because I can share my experience with others through videos, pictures, and writing.
5) What advice would you give current or future exchange students?
Stop reading this. Open the website of EF High School Exchange Year. Then apply for it! I’m sure that you will have unforgettable experiences wherever you will stay. Studying abroad for a year while you’re a teenager will be one of the best memories in your life. Moreover, you will have another family and a second home in another country.
Mizuho and her American host brothers
After Mizuho returns home to Japan, she hopes to continue her journey by transitioning from a Student Ambassador to a Returnee Ambassador (like Malin from Sweden). Check out all the ways you can stay involved by learning more about the EF Ambassador Program.
When you host a high school exchange student with EF, you make a difference in so many ways - for your student, for your own family, in your community, and across the globe. Interested in learning more about becoming a host family?