Rotary Exchange student Jalan Harris daughter of PP Paula Harris joined the Rotary Club of Freeport to share her exchange experience.
Jalan studied in Northern France and also got the opportunity to visit or European countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Croatia. "Bonjour a tous. Je m'appelle Jalan et j'etais une echange etudiante pour l'anee 2009-2010. Je fis un petit discours pour le club et J'espere que ca vous touchera Bon. On y va. It's safe to say that my year in France taught me more things than I've ever learned in my lifetime. The alterations were minor, but incredibly influential. I've always had this desire to be bilingual. Never mind which particular language. I feel like everyone should naturally have that ability. You realize, even after a 2 week vacation in another country that there are other places, people, and things that exist out there; outside of your own country. And it's such an epiphany, so much that you have this incredibly strong desire to live like everyone else, visit places you've never even dreamt of seeing. This alone had aroused itself after my exchange." Jalan says that she is 11 months wiser and a little more confident than before. She now looks at task as some sort of adventure, and not something tedious and unattractive. She has become more patient and more in tune to what people may be feeling. Jalan ended her presentation with a photo slide of her experience.