Hometown: Winter Springs, Florida
School: Winter Springs
Sponsor District: 6980
Sponsor Club: Winter Springs
Host District: 3060
Namaste! My name is Grace, but I much prefer being called Lizzie. I live with my mother, two cats and a kitten (which I hope to keep), and two older brothers, Jamie and John. Okay, it's actually only one brother at this point. John is currently on exchange in the Netherlands, and you should definitely go check out his journals on the 2015-16 outbound page. He's such a dork! Admittedly, so am I, so let's move on. Despite what it sounds like, I'm not doing this to follow in my big brother's footsteps. If you ever meet me, one of the first things you may notice about me is that I don't go out of my way to fit in with the status quo. I don't do something just because everyone else is doing it. True, I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for John, but not for the reasons you might think. I have always loved to travel, and I have always dreamed of being an exchange student (even when I have to get shots, which is REALLY saying something), so when John came home two years ago saying that a youth exchange program had done a presentation in one of his classes, and that they were holding an informational meeting for all who were interested, I knew immediately that I wanted to go. During the course of the meeting, John and I decided that he would apply to go that year and I would apply later because of the amount of money involved. So yes, in an indirect way I guess I am following in John's footsteps, not because I wanted to, but because we both happened to agree on which direction we wanted to go. Well, that's about all I have room for. Namaskar!