Hello, I’m Lizi Lomia. I’m an exchange student from Georgia.
Georgia is a small country which is located in eastern Europe, on the coast of the Black Sea, near Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. I live in Rustavi — that is near the capital city Tbilisi. I don’t have a very big family. It consists of my mother, father, me, and my two younger sisters. My dad is an electrical engineer and my mom is German translator.
Three years ago I heard about FLEX programme for the first time. Friends from my schools participated and spent a year in U.S. I saw how much it impacted their lives and how good of an opportunity it was to improve my language skills, see a different country, observe its culture, meet new people and learn a lot of new things. I love visiting new places, so I loved the whole idea. I think this programme gives teenagers a chance to have a huge experience and use it in future. It helps me develop.
I’m staying in Peterson with my wonderful host family Brian, Jennifer and Olivia Thompson. It is very different from the city in which I grew up. Here it is more green and calm. Although it’s very small, it’s one of the things I love about this city. I always wanted to live in such a small and beautiful community.
I see a lot of new things in America every day. I’ve already started school at Rushford-Peterson High School and I enjoy it. I have whole new subjects here that I’ve never tried before. Homecoming was a new experience for me as we don’t have it in Georgia. I liked it a lot. People here are very nice and friendly, I find it easy to communicate with them. As I’ve already said, I love visiting new places and I’ve seen a lot of them during my stay here. Of course, I’m going to see more. I’m going on a class trip in Florida; that excites me a lot. I think even food is different here. I love trying new things and some of them already have become my favorites. It’s almost Halloween; I’m looking forward to seeing it. It will be my first time.
I’m not sure about my future yet. At first I’ve to graduate, I have school graduation exams which I have to pass immediately when I get back. I’ll take a year to get ready for a college/university. I’ve not decided my future occupation yet, but I’m thinking about something connected to psychology as I’m very interested in it. Also, I would like to get back in America one day, may be for studying, too.
I’m very grateful for this opportunity and love living here.