Zachary Davis

Sweden

Hometown:Clermont, Florida
School: East Ridge High School
Sponsor District : District 6980
Sponsor Club:South Lake County (Clermont), Florida
Host District: District 2350

Host Club: The Rotary Club of Lidingö

 

My Bio


Hi, my name is Zachary Davis, but my friends call me Zac. I am from Clermont,FL. I am a 17 year old senior at East Ridge High School. I am involved in musical theater at my school and I have been doing it for about a year and a half now. I have currently been in three productions as a lead part and have one more show that I will be cast in. I also have a singing group that I sing with called "Rhythm of The Night". I work at Chick-fil-a part time and I love my job. Not only is the food great but the people that work there are incredible. I also lay guitar in my spare time and I have been playing that for about a year. I have two twin sisters (Gabrielle and Zoey ) that are eight years old. They are adorable and I love them very much. My mother and father's names are Kristi and Mike. They both are committed to their family and to their profession. This year in my exchange I hope to learn much about the Swedish culture and the language. Whenever I heard that it could be possible to dream in another language I was intrigued. I am very great full to have such an opportunity.

Beautiful right?!

Beautiful right?!

I can't believe this beautiful view!

I can't believe this beautiful view!

Subway in Sweden!

Subway in Sweden!

long hair don't care

long hair don't care

Swedish vitamin drink

Swedish vitamin drink

Let it snow

Let it snow

The weather outside is frightful

The weather outside is frightful

Hail..No thanks

Hail..No thanks

Cafe life

Cafe life

Swedish beanie

Swedish beanie

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Swedish Parliament

Journals: Zachary - Sweden

  • Zachary, outbound to Sweden

    Zack's Full Page...

    It has been a while since I have been on here but it is mostly because I am too busy having the best year of my life. As things start to wrap up here, I think about home more and more. I have had such a great time in Sweden, but more than that, I am not the same person who left nearly a year ago. My perspective of the world is quite different and everything about me is not quite the same. As of right now, I have lost 85 pounds since I have been here. I reckon that is one of my biggest accomplishments so far this year. Also, My mind seems sharper than ever. I hope that I can continue to be the person I am here when I go back. Only one and a half month left until I am back home. Craziness..

  • Zac, outbound to Sweden

    Six months has gone by in a flash and I cannot believe I am over halfway through my exchange. I sit in this chair a completely different person. Not only am I 45 pounds lighter, but my mind seems to be more focused and more aware than ever before. I have accomplished things that I wanted to go on exchange for, but it seems as if this year was really a bargain because I have gained so much more than I had ever hoped. I have gotten a perspective that no amount of money could buy. I have really lived like a Swede and will continue to for the rest of my exchange, if not even longer than that. I am not longing for Florida right now, but I am longing for the moment I will be home. Not because I will be in Florida , but because I can share something with the world that I could not offer the world before. I will be a completely different person in the U.S. I think it will be strange but I am not sure about how my friends and family will react to me. How they may think that I am still the same. It is strange to think about honestly. It is also weird that my family is kinda just living life without me right now. They are so used to living a life without me there, and so are my friends. It just seems so weird to then just paste myself in that life again. Will they be ready?


  • Zac, outbound to Sweden

    Hej Hej! It's Zac here! It has been 5 months. Wow... has it really? I can not even believe. I feels like just yesterday I was waving good bye to my folks at the airport and thinking about how crazy I was. Well, since it's been 5 months, why not write some really positive things!

    Today was the day that I officially lost 40 pounds while on exchange. It is insane to even think really! I can not believe that such a dramatic thing could happen to me while being in Sweden for just a short time. I am just so glad to be getting the opposite reaction that I used to when jumping on the scale. I also got some new European jeans that I look amazing in ;)

    My host family! What a great bunch. Just spent an amazing Christmas with them and I must say it has been the best Christmas of my life. You know, no matter what they did, I would have been a happy camper but they went above and beyond. They made me feel like their own. I actually feel like their kid which might be strange to some, but what a great experience?

    My Swedish friends... omg. Just thinking about them makes me smile. They have literally been the best. I think the most interesting thing about them is that they push me to be the very best I can be. They are also super nice and I feel they will always have my back. I really cannot compare them to U.S. friendships because they are that awesome.

    I am looking forward to having a great rest of the year and enjoying my time in Sweden like I have done so far. :) Peace until next time

    -Zac Davis


  • Zac, outbound to Sweden

    Well, this is about the time when everything on the outside becomes normal. I do not wake up forgetting that I am in Sweden anymore. I know I am here and it is all normal. I guess the biggest and coolest part of my exchange right now is what is happening inside. I am learning to be more independent and how to be an individual. I am loving my life, but I am now facing the opposite situation as I was before. Before, I was leaving to go to another country and having to face the fears of maybe not being accepted. Now, I am facing the fear of my own country. I am an American, but in many ways, I am not. I will return as a much different person.


  • Zac, outbound to Sweden

    AMERICA AND SWEDEN? Have I really been this dumb? 

    Wow! Just Wow! Has it really been 8 weeks?? I can't believe how fast the time is flying by.

    As I sit here in my psychology class ( In Swedish) I am suddenly realizing how long it has actually been. NO, I am not fluent in Swedish. Lemme tell you, Swedish is not easy. Although some might be picking it up faster than I, they would also agree that it isn't a walk in the park. I sit in my chair feeling so dumb. Living in Sweden has opened my eyes for the better. You see, when you are buried inside your own culture, you don't realize the faults in it.

    While Looking from the outside in, I started to question everything I had ever done. At first, this resulted in my being ashamed of my country. I had never felt so embarrassed in my life. I come from a place that has many problems at which I will not address because it is not relevant to my point. As I took a few weeks to re-evaluate my life, I started to realize how proud I actually was of it. Yah, our country may have many faults but did I forget how our country started. People left to go to America to follow a dream. A dream they felt that they couldn't fulfill in their own country. Our country is a land of dreams. It is the result of many peoples life's being given up for it. All of these thoughts make me respect my own country in a way I have never done before.

    Now, saying that, this experience gave me a better perspectives of both countries, Sweden and America. I now believe SOME Swedes have an altered view of my country. It is now my vision to help change their perspective of America's people. I WILL NOT BE THE AMERICAN STEREOTYPE. Wow, we have a stereotype? Yes we do. Talk to you later.


  • Zac, outbound to Sweden

    MY FIRST MONTH IN SWEDEN! 

    I've been in Sweden for almost a month now and it feels like it only been a few days!I love it here. I'm trying to stay focused on learning Swedish like I wanted too.My host family is wonderful and it is definitely adding to my experience.

    I can't believe I'm really half way across the world. I also can't believe I'm so much different than everyone here. I'm from "Merica!". I'm also realizing how doing things differently can also be better. My mind is opened to a whole different world. Did you know that "Candy Crush" came from Sweden?! I didn't! Well, anyway, I'm loving it!

    Shout out to my high school, East Ridge! I hope you guys see this.


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