Ciao! My name is Rebecca Clendinen; I am sixteen years old and currently a sophomore at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. I live with my mom and dad and have a brother who’s twenty-one and has already flown the coop to college. We currently share our home with a dog and two cats, which is a lot less than we usually have running around the house. I grew up in north Florida, but I think of myself as more of a very south Georgian. I have many interests, but mainly I love art, food, soccer (or futbol), books, and meeting new and exciting people! I love music though I can’t make it to save my life--I played piano for seven years but couldn’t stand it so I quit. I play soccer on two teams, club and high school, and have been playing since I was six. At the time, my brother was playing soccer, and since I was fed up with gymnastics, I tried it out and haven’t stopped playing since. As I said, I love art--it fascinates me, and I think it’s beautiful. My mom has always been big into art, and since a young age she has encouraged my artistic tendencies. Many times when I have a few minutes to myself, I will start drawing or doodling something. My favorite book genres are mystery and fantasy. I love food—there is no food that I won’t at least try, and I only have a few foods that I prefer not to eat. Since I was little I have always wanted to travel, though I have never been outside of the country, and this is a huge leap to go to the other side of the world for most of a year! Right now I’m feeling a jumbled mix of emotions including fear and confusion but mostly excitement. I am so grateful to Rotary for giving me this opportunity, and I intend to make the most of every moment!