What have you chosen to study and how does school in Britain differ from school in Italy?
I have chosen to study Chemistry, English Literature and Music, which are my favourite subjects. English schools are extremely different from Italian ones. For example in Italy we only have one classroom and the teachers move, while here teachers have their own classroom and students move. In Italy we also have much more subjects (the number change from school to school, but I study eleven subjects), while here in England you can only take from three to four subjects at A level.
How do you feel living with your host family and going to your new school now after a month in the UK?
After a month in the UK living with my new family and going to school became routine, with both the positive and negative aspects of it. I'm starting to make friends and going out with them, but I also see some negative aspects that before were concealed by the excitement of a new experience.
What have you learnt about British people that you didn’t know?
I discovered so many things about British people I didn't know that I couldn't list them all, but mainly I found out that- even though they do drink a lot of tea- stereotypes are just stereotypes and people are the same all over the world, you just have to find the people that are right for you.
How have you motivated yourself to make friends and try new experiences?
I've never been a shy person, but I motivated myself to make friends and try new experiences by keeping on telling myself that I don't have to waste any minute of my adventure here and if I didn't try I would regret it eventually, so I tried to do as many things as I could, both to keep me busy and to meet new people.
What do you have planned for the months ahead and what do you hope to achieve during the year?
I didn't plan anything precise for the months ahead except from studying, making friends and having fun. I hope to achieve many things during this experience, especially awareness of how the world works and learn the culture of a foreign country.