Hometown:St. Petersburg, Florida
School: St. Petersburg Collegiate High School
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club:Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Host District: District TBA
Host Club: TBA
Oi! Meu nome é Niko Thomas. As of writing this, I’m 17 years old and a senior at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. My family consists of my mom, my younger brother, Seth, my dog, Naoki, and my cat, Samantha. I’ve lived in Florida all of my life, so I’m rather ecstatic about spending a year in Brazil. From the moment I heard about RYE, I knew it was something that I wanted to experience. Somehow I’ve gotten to this point, *cough thanks Doug and Ned*, and I can’t believe that I’ll be going to another country in less than eight months. My friends have probably gotten a bit annoyed about me only talking about how excited I am, but it does help that a bunch of my them are on exchange or going on exchange with me. Despite some being away, friends are a major part of my life, and I hope to make lifelong friends on exchange. I guess I should probably talk a bit more about my interests besides Brazil. Two of my favorite things are music and literature. I go to a lot of concerts and own a small but dedicated collection (mostly shoegaze and indie stuff). Although I barely have anytime to read with school and extracurriculars, I love Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. When I return I hope to attend the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Although I obviously want to taste good food, see cool places, learn a new language, and make new friends, what I really want next year is to experience a different perspective on life and see myself change. Tchau… See you on the other side!