Allison Miller

Czech Republic

Hometown: Sanford, Florida
School: Seminole High School - Sanford
Sponsor District : District 6980
Sponsor Club: Sanford (Breakfast), Florida
Host District: 2240
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Kroměříž

 

My Bio


Ahoj! My name is Allison Miller and I will be spending a year in the Czech Republic! I am currently 17 and I have lived in the small city of Sanford, Florida for my entire life. I am a senior attending Seminole High School and I will be graduating in May 2015. I have been involved in the National Art Honor Society at my school for 3 years now and this year I am serving as the chapter secretary. I live with my parents, younger sister, our three cats, and two dogs. I currently work at the Patio Grill in Sanford and I volunteer at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando's Sanford branch. I absolutely love volunteering and helping the pets find a home. After I return, I hope to major in Art History or Literature.

I have been extremely lucky to have been accepted to Rotary Youth Exchange. I was lucky to even have been able to apply for this opportunity and I am even luckier to receive the support of my family, friends and teachers on this journey. I am so glad I am going to the Czech Republic since it was one of my top five. It will be a real challenge to teach myself another language but it is entirely worth it because of the adventures I will have.


The view from the top of Strecno castle in Slovakia

The view from the top of Strecno castle in Slovakia

Hannah, Montana, and I

Hannah, Montana, and I

The view of Kromeriz from the top of the tower of the Archbishop's Chateau

The view of Kromeriz from the top of the tower of the Archbishop's Chateau

The inside of the Chateau in Kromeriz

The inside of the Chateau in Kromeriz

Friends in Strecno, Slovakia

Friends in Strecno, Slovakia

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Journals: Allison - Czech Republic 2015-2016

  • Allison, outbound to Czech Republic

    Now that the big climax to any European exchange is over and gone, an odd feeling is left. I have seen and done so much and I've been here for what is nearing nine months but it all feels like a dream. Even in the moment. Even when standing atop the Eiffel Tower, or in the Colosseum, or on La Rambla in Barcelona, it feels surreal. It's something akin to what F. Scott Fitzgerald describes in The Great Gatsby as a feeling of being "within and without." It feels as if everything I have done is merely a fact like the ones you read in your high school history textbook. But looking back, even though it feels like facts from a textbook, they're part of my own fairytale. A fairytale with ups and downs and unfortunately an end. That great long awaited trip of my year was possibly the best two weeks of my life. Two weeks crammed into narrow hostels in great cities, sharing food, naps in the sun and countless hours and miles of walking and riding in a bus with the seventy plus people that I am so lucky to know. Even the feelings of temporary discomfort and anxiety that arose are precious memories. And now all of this has me in a state of "now what?" I am nearing the end of this chapter in my life and I am determined to make these last times the greatest and to keep the goodbyes that will be inevitably said as far from permanent as possible.

    To see my homepage and some photos click HERE


  • Allison, outbound to Czech Republic

    I believe wholeheartedly that I have been extremely lucky. In every way possible, I am extremely lucky.

    I am lucky to be in the most beautiful place I have ever been in my 18 years. I am lucky to have a host family that makes me feel like I have lived with them my entire life and I am lucky to support close. I cannot even begin to imagine where I would be and who I would be if this exchange process went differently.

    Kroměříž is the most amazing place I have ever been. There is so much history surrounding you even when you walk the 15 minutes it takes to go to the Lidl. As the former seat of the bishops of Olomouc, Kroměříž retains is religious past with one of the main attractions here: the Archbishop's Chateau and Gardens. I have had the opportunity to see the Czech Republic's best violinist live in the great Baroque hall of the chateau. We also have the great French style Baroque gardens which are the most stunning gardens I have ever seen.

    Czechs are extremely active in the summer and into the fall. So far, I have biked 35 km (22 miles), climbed 60m (196 ft) to the top of a minaret, and have hiked about 10km on the tallest mountain in Moravia. The nature is so beautiful that I wish I could just carry it with me everywhere. It is so absolutely breathtaking that I wish I could describe it in words.

    Orientation recently ended and it took place in Strečno, Slovakia. It is amazing how fast all the inbounds have bonded and I firmly think that I have made friends for life. I almost wish that our time as a whole district would last longer but now I am looking forward to seeing the other Czech inbounds again in Prague for Christmas.

    I have included some photos from my (almost) month here in the Czech Republic.

    P.S. If you are reading this and contemplating exchange, please take the leap and go for it. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Every step you will take with Rotary will be worth it.

    To see my home page and some photos click HERE

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