Sean Castro
2013-14 Outbound to France

Hometown: Vero Beach, Florida
School: Vero Beach High School
Sponsor: District 6930, Florida
Host: The Rotary Club of Menton

Sean's Bio

Bonjour! My name is Sean Castro, and I am a fifteen-year-old from the small town of Vero Beach, Florida. I live at home with my mom, dad, and older sister, while my older brother stays in Tallahassee. Although we have our differences sometimes, I love my family very much. I am a student at Vero Beach High School, and my favorite class of the day is my drama class. In drama, we put together elaborate performances, play fun team-building exercises, and it's needless to say I've made countless friends that I know I'll have for the rest of my life! I'll have to leave my friends at school next year, but I feel better knowing that they will be there when I come back from my exchange to France. I have always had an interest in dance; to be more specific, ballet. Words cannot begin to describe how excited I am to be headed to the country where ballet originated as a form of art! The couple of years that I have danced in Vero Beach has helped me realize my love for it, and I cannot wait to be where it all began! I am always trying to push myself out of my comfort zone as both an actor and dancer, but this also applies to every day. An opportunity to spend a school year in France comes once in a lifetime, and I believe that I am prepared to make adjustments and change for something so incredible!


Sean's Journals

Hey there, everybody! My name is Sean and this is my first entry. Now, I've been here about a month already, but everything has been so overwhelming that I haven't gotten much of a chance to breathe! Since things have calmed down, I've been able to focus a lot more on documenting my experience. So, I guess I'll start from the beginning!

My longest flight was to Amsterdam, and luckily I had run into Kate, another Frenchie, who was on the same flight. We took on our first foreign airport together and desperately searched for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, we had to split up for our final flights. Let me just say, though, my last flight was the most beautiful and incredible flight I've ever had to take. Firstly, there were so few people on the plane that I got an entire row to myself. Secondly, THE VIEW. I added a photo of it, so be sure to check it out. All of this is rather irrelevant to my exchange, but it sure put me in a great mood for getting off the plane.

As soon as I grabbed my luggage, I was hastily greeted by the Rotary district chair and co-chair, and also by a Canadian exchange student (who is super sweet!). This was honestly the scariest part of my 52 hour day. Can you imagine, finally getting off the plane, ready to stretch out and take a nap, when you're suddenly launched into this crazy foreign world where important people want to speak with you about all the substantial things you don't know how to say? It's like trying to speak with sand in your mouth. I managed to scrape out a couple, "saluts," and maybe, "I'm a little tired." I finally met my first and likely only host family, and I just knew they were going to be the best.

I live in paradise. I'm surprised I'm not just on vacation right now. I could drive to Monaco in maybe fifteen minutes (BUT DON'T DRIVE BECAUSE THAT'S BAD). I can walk to the beach ten if I wanted to, and if I look behind me, I can see the Alps. THE ALPS. Did I forget to mention that Italy is visible from my walk to the bus stop from school? I'm flanked by beauty everywhere I go. And everything is so close together. I can walk to the bakery, get some bread, and go next door for a slice of pizza with my friends. Why haven't I ever seen this all before? It's like love at first sight, but with some small town in the French Riviera. How am I already 10% done with my exchange? Can I buy back some time, please?