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This post will be more of a thank you than a blog as I feel there are quite a few people I need to thank.

Thank you to both my home and host Rotary clubs. Without you this literally would not have been possible. I have had the time of my life this year and I have you to thank for that. I can't wait to one day become a member of Rotary and watch kids of the future walk the same path I have been lucky enough to walk. What your organization does for youth is absolutely outstanding. Know that all the hard work you put in is so beyond worth it for us exchange students. We are forever grateful to Rotary and all its wonderful individuals.

Thank you to my host families. Without you there would have been many more nights spent sleeping in train stations or on McDonald's benches. The selflessness you show is unreal.
To the Borners: Thank you for being my first home away from home. You took a naive, uncultured, scared girl and helped her become a confident, open, happy young woman. I cannot thank you enough for all the trips you took with me, our trips to meet grandparents, my city tour, ITALY, all the sightseeing, the fraternity events, everything. I am so grateful for everything you did.
To the Lennigers: thank you for being a great last impression of Germany. Thank you for letting me become a part of your family so quickly, and for being patient with me when all I seemed to do was make mistakes. I am so grateful for all the exciting things we did together and I promise I'll come visit by soon! Viel Spaß in Montreal Lukas und Felix!!!

Thank you to my friends. Without you this year would have been unbearable. Thank you for standing by my side through everything. Whether it was language struggles or homesickness I always knew you guys would have my back. I won't forget any of you no matter how long we go without seeing each other. I love you guys until the end of the world. Bis später!

Austauschschuler!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you. I couldn't involve you in the friend section of this thank you note because you're not friends, you're family. We fought, we cried, we laughed, we ate, we sang, we drank, we did everything exchange students are supposed to do but the best part about it was we always did them together. We stuck together through everything. The good and bad times couldn't touch us. We started in August not knowing a single thing about each other or where we were. And we have ended this year knowing every single last detail about everyone else and we have grown and learnt so much about our country. I hope that whenever you are in Kanada you send me a message because I will always be there to visit. I love you guys soo much and I will miss my home away from home more than anything.

Thank you to my family. I don't think I would have made it the year without you.
To my little sister: Thanks girl. We left each other just sisters. We fought and argued and couldn't seem to find anything we agreed on but spending a year away made me realize just how special you are to me and how lucky I am to have a sister like you to keep me going. Thanks for keeping me in the Cranbrook loop even when I was halfway across the world. I wish you nothing but the best on your exchange and I know that the next couple of months will fly by and I won't be ready to say goodbye in August but I also know that you'll have the time of your life while you are there. Be your own person, be open to new experiences, and don't forget to stand tall and be proud ;)
To my mummy and daddy: WE DID IT. Well you did it. You survived all year without me. Proud of you ;) no seriously, thank you. Thanks for the 3 am skypes when all I wanted to do was come home, thanks for constantly filling the cash tank, thanks for signing forms, and letting me vent, but most of all thank you for giving me this experience. I can never express to you how incredibly grateful I am that you allowed me this amazing adventure. I know the next year will be just as hard on you as this past year was but know that I am always here for both of you, and that I will always be your little girl. I'm just your little girl who likes to travel now ;)

Thank you. To everyone who made this experience possible. I will never forget the amazing things I did, learned, and saw. But more importantly ill never forget the people that were involved in making this the best year of my life. Thank you. Xoxoxo

 
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