Meet Morris from Taiwan, our Student Ambassador for the month of April.
1) Tell us about your high school exchange year.
I attend Boaz High School in Alabama. My favorite things about the US is the joyful holiday spirit during Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. We do all kinds of activities here and the atmosphere is filled with joy and laughter. As for high school, my favorite part is the ball games, whether I’m playing in it or cheering for the team. I can always feel the passion of the game and the crowd - the cheering gets me even more pumped up and we play even harder!
2) How does life in Taiwan compare to life in Alabama?
I am a person that is always seeking something to do. In Taiwan I always try to come up with something to do on the weekends with friends and family. Whether it’s a movie night, playing sports, hiking to be closer to nature or just a meal with friends, I am always more than happy to do so. In Taiwan, I have access to public transportation, and it can take me anywhere even when I don’t have a ride. Here in Boaz, Alabama, anywhere you want to go, a ride is necessary. I was lucky to find a loving host family, and nice friends that would be happy to drive me around to explore #efAlabama!
3) Why did you decide you wanted to go on an exchange year?
I first got excited about the idea of being an exchange student from a classmate of mine who went to Germany with EF for a year. Her adventure stories really caught my attention. Soon I found myself reading articles about exchange students and began researching. The more I knew about it the more I got excited to go on my adventure and come back to tell everyone about it!
4) Why did you want to become an EF Exchange Year Ambassador? What kind of things do you do as an Ambassador?
The Student Ambassador programs is a group of exchange students sharing our experiences and stories and trying to leave an impact on the people around us, inspire other people to give this exchange year a try, or to spread some tips and ideas to other exchange students so they can make an impact. We have monthly web chat meetings and projects to finish. The projects are designed to draw us closer to our host family, school, and communities and also to tell people where we are from and what it’s like in our home countries. By the time we completed the project, we have a new understanding of exchange, and have explored more about ourselves. And that is my favorite part of being a Student Ambassador. I would also like to be a Returnee Ambassador or a Summer Ambassador to share my stories and inspire the future exchange students, giving back what I have learned in this year.
5) What advice would you give current or future exchange students?
My advice for anyone who is currently thinking about being an exchange student is to “just do it!” It takes courage to step outside into a new adventure. We might think that we already know what it’s like on the other side of the world but we always find how fascinating it actually is when you’ve seen it through your own eyes. You also don't want to look back years later, wondering what would happen if I decided to go on an exchange year instead of skipping this opportunity. Just go!
Morris and his American friend, McKenna attend a tennis match.
After Morris returns home to Taiwan, he hopes to continue his 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.