Chloe Hill

Denmark

Hometown: Lake Mary, Florida
School: Lake Mary High School
Sponsor District : District 6980
Sponsor Club: Lake Mary, Florida
Host District: 1450
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Esbjerg-Fanø

 

My Bio


Hej! My name is Chloe Hill and I will be spending my junior year of high school in DENMARK!! I am so very excited to be spending a year in such a beautiful country and I just can’t wait to make so many wonderful memories while there! I am currently a sophomore at Lake Mary High School and traveling is definitely one of my favorite things to do and I have my parents to thank for that! At the age of nine I moved to the amazing country of South Africa and I lived there for nearly six years. There I discovered my passion for the performing arts as I have been involved in theater, violin and of course: sports! I have participated in tennis tournaments both in South Africa and here in Florida but I must say: going to track practice every day at school is always the highlight of my day! Even though our training is super tough, going home knowing that I have conquered a great challenge is the most incredible reward! I am definitely one of those people who believe that to reach your goals you need to work hard to get there. Meeting new people and learning new languages are also things I adore! I am bilingual (English and Afrikaans) and I take German at school and I can’t wait to learn Danish first-hand! I am extremely blessed to have such amazing friends and family who support me and while being away from them will be difficult, I know that what I will gain while in Denmark will help me to become a wiser and stronger woman- everything my family and friends could ever ask for. Mange tak Rotary!

I found Alaska <3

I found Alaska <3

Mads' class in Aarhus!

Mads' class in Aarhus!

Jeg og Emil -ved håndbold kamp

Jeg og Emil -ved håndbold kamp

Dream beach - Hjerting

Dream beach - Hjerting

My friends and I in Ribe!

My friends and I in Ribe!

With my sweet host mormor <3

With my sweet host mormor <3

My amazing class <3

My amazing class <3

beautiful Aarhus bay

beautiful Aarhus bay

My lil host bro and I at Christmas Time!!

My lil host bro and I at Christmas Time!!

Danish Christmas tree:)

Danish Christmas tree:)

SNOW on my birthdayyyy <3

SNOW on my birthdayyyy <3

Flower Market in Odense!

Flower Market in Odense!

Paaskeferien - Bovbjerg <3

Paaskeferien - Bovbjerg <3

New friends

New friends

Preparties;):)

Preparties;):)

My classmates, teacher, and I

My classmates, teacher, and I

Journals: Chloe - Denmark 2015-2016

  • Chloe, outbound to Denmark

    I can hardly believe that I am now writing this update in May, my 9th month of exchange here in this lil' country I am pleased to call home. In these past few months I have met more incredible people and made even greater memories with my friends.

    Every day the fact that I will be back in Florida in a matter of less than 2 months and not here chilling with them overwhelms me. It is getting to be that time of exchange that we exchange students get asked a million times when we will be going back to our home countries and if we will be able to come back to our host countries in the future. It really is bitter sweet now knowing that I can be with my old friends and family but it may be a long time before I step back into my Danish lifestyle. I know I will even come to miss riding my bike and the weather which is really saying something.

    Lately I have had the opportunity to go to my school's parties which are crazy amazing. Things are starting to slow down here at school though with their exams coming up and no more parties to look forward to:( . I do fortunately have the Eurotour to look forward to where we will be traveling to Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium and The Netherlands! I can't wait to travel more and I am thinking of possibly going to Sweden after Eurotour as well!

    I am also proud of myself to say that I have started windsurfing not too long ago! They say here in Denmark that if you can conquer windsurfing in Hjerting (where I windsurf), then you can windsurf almost anywhere in the world because the wind is so intense and the water is beyond freezing! It definitely is a lot harder than it looks but I can't wait to get back out there!

    I have learned so much about myself these past few months, more than I think I ever have, and it feels so great to know that I have made it here in DK. I am practically fluent in Danish, I have a good comprehension of Norwegian and Swedish, and I have tried the most stereotypical Danish teen things.

    My biggest goal this past month or two has to try new things because I think it is still possible to be in your comfortable zone even on exchange. It was a really long, dark winter here in Denmark and now that it has become lighter and warmer outside, I want to make the most of a Danish lifestyle that I can.

    -Chloe

     To see some photos Click HERE

     

  • Chloe, outbound to Denmark

    It has been one hell of a ride being an exchange student here in Denmark this year. I have learned so much on how to be street-smart and I am proud of myself to say that I earned it. I have also learned how to cope with the transportation system that varies with complexity all over the country and traveling just like a local would with the rules of being a pedestrian or a cyclist (both of which I have successfully mastered I must say).

    Most importantly though: I can say “Rød grød med fløde!!” I am also thankful to have the support that I have from Rotary on both sides of the world for reminding me to smile even when times have been tough and having them never giving up on me because they see the potential in me even when I have made a mistake. I honestly believe that if someone was to go on exchange that Rotary is the organization to do it with because I wouldn't be where I am today without their guidance and support. I think I have gotten over the biggest heap when it comes to exchange and I mean Christmas, my birthday which was in January and just it being my 4/5th month at those times.

    To experience those days here in Denmark was both incredibly amazing and difficult because I was so homesick but loved all the little things that a Danish Christmas consists of. I wouldn't take any of it back for the world. The only things I wish I could change though in all seriousness is my skin color, which went from golden brown to an oddly-pale brown color, and my body weight which consists of bread, eggs and McD. So yeah, I definitely have some things to look forward to by being back in Florida in the summer.

  • Chloe, outbound to Denmark

    Quite honestly, I can't remember how long it's been since my last journal which if you think about it, is a GOOD thing because it means that I am so focused on the here and now;) .

    I can recall that I have been having an amazing and incredibly rollercoaster ride of a time here in Denmark. The honeymoon period is over and now I am settled. I have my daily routine throughout the school week and make plans for the weekends and just practicing as much as Danish as I can!

    I have had some really hard times lately with family, school, and of course, the language. I have taken the wrong bus, said the wrong words in Danish, and have exercised my patience which I didn't know I even had. Lets's be real. I have messed up so many times but you know what? I am happy. My friends here are beyond anything I could have ever asked for and they make everything better. You won't know your feeling high if you have never been low (totally stole that line:) )

    So far in the past month or maybe two I have: Given a Rotary presentation for my awesome club, gained my age in weight :) [don't think I am kidding], I have been to the most northern tip of Denmark (Skagen Grenen), partied duh, nearly got killed by a bus because I sucked so bad on my bike at that point (la pro though now;) ) , tried liver (ew), wrote a badbutt essay (determined to speak in nicer terms since Danes know their swear words and mayyy be rubbing off on me- admitting nothing).

    My time here is going phenomenally overall and time, I do know, is going way too fast.

    Danmark er mit hjem nu.

    To see my home page and some photos click HERE


  • Chloé, outbound to Denmark

    Soooo I have been in Denmark for over a month now and I can't decide if time has gone extremely fast or has been sort of normal because I feel like I have been here my whole life. I have experienced so many different things, met incredible new people and all of a sudden- I'm the big sister! Maybe "big" isn't the most suitable word because my one younger brother is 14 years old and is 6 FEET TALL! I am 5ft 6in and I am 16! I'm the boss though. I really do love them more than anything and I don't even want to think about the day I have to say goodbye.

    Being in Denmark has been surreal to say the least. I know I have been here a month already but I still catch myself thinking "oh.my.---" I am here! Whether it be while exploring the vast forests in Odense, during physics class at Esbjerg Gymnasium while I pretend I know exactly what's going on, or on the train after I have just spent time with other exchange students from all over the world. I am just amazed.

    I wish I could sum up everything that has happened but I just can't because sometimes things can't be put into words. They have to be seen, experienced and if you could just step into my shoes and walk where I walk, and see what I see then you would understand. That's why I believe becoming an exchange student, especially with Rotary, is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone. There is always something to be learned in life no matter how high you climb.

    Until next time,
    Chloé

    To see my page and some photos click HERE

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