Cora Rice

 Denmark

Hometown: Homosassa, Florida
School: Lecanto
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Sugarmill Woods, Florida
Host District: 1461
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Assens


My Bio


Hej, my name is Cora Rice and I am excited to say that I will be spending my junior year of high school in Denmark! I live in Homosassa, which is a small town in Citrus County, Florida. I live with my Mom and Dad, my one dog, and occasionally my sister when she comes back from college. I go to Lecanto High School and I'm on my school's swim/dive team, which are number one in the county, and I am also apart of the AVID Program. I enjoy playing all types of sports, but my favorite one is swim. I love anything that has to do with fashion design and I hope to pursue that as my career one day. I'm involved in many clubs within my school like the Interact Club, MedShare, and Ugandan Pearls. From a young age, I have moved from state to state, seeing almost all of the United States, but I have never been able to travel out of the country. Through Rotary, I'm going to be able to experience a whole new country. I'm thrilled to learn the Danish language and culture and meet new people along the way. I am so thankful for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Hornbæk Beach

Hornbæk Beach

Frederiksborg Castle

Frederiksborg Castle

Nyhavn, København

Nyhavn, København

A group photo with all the Rotary Youth Exchange Students from the U.S. that are in Denmark

A group photo with all the Rotary Youth Exchange Students from the U.S. that are in Denmark

Me on the lighthouse in Sprogø

Me on the lighthouse in Sprogø

Sprogø

Sprogø

Odense city decorated with Christmas lights

Odense city decorated with Christmas lights

My friend Camilla from Italy and me in Nyhavn, København

My friend Camilla from Italy and me in Nyhavn, København

Journals: Cora-Denmark Blog 2017-18

  • Cora, Outbound to Denmark

    So many things have happened within my first four months in Denmark. Just recently, I changed to my second host family. I am so excited to be living with my new family and I can’t wait to have new experiences with them, but at the same time I am also sad that I had to leave my first host family. They did so many things to help me get adapted to my new life in Denmark and they were also very patient with me learning the language. I got really close with my host siblings so I will definitely miss my host brother constantly joking around with me and the nights when my host sister and I stayed in and ordered pizza and watched movies. Even though I really enjoyed my stay with my first host family, I think it is good that I changed families. With every different family I get to have so many different experiences and I get to meet more people.

    It somewhat feels like I am in the beginning of my exchange again because not only did I change host families, but I also changed classes. Not everyone has the same experiences with their classes in school. Some people have an amazing class that is so helpful and nice and others have a class that doesn’t even talk to them. Unfortunately, my first class was not that great and it was super hard to become close with them since they weren’t really interested in getting to know me. Since school is such a big part of exchange and I want to enjoy it, I decided to change classes. Something very important I learned throughout the process of me trying to change classes is defiantly do not give up trying if you really want something. It took around 3 months of me complaining about my class to my school counselor and nothing getting done when I finally decided to go to the headmaster of the school myself. If I didn’t decide to take the initiative and go to the headmaster and ask to change classes, then I probably would have never been able to change. So it is very important to be persistent if you want something done.

    Being an exchange student is defiantly not easy and everyone goes through different obstacles throughout their exchange, but it is defiantly worth it. I have had so many amazing experiences in the last two months. I went to København with the exchange students in my Danish class and we spent the day in Tivoli. It was October when I visited so the whole park was filled with pumpkins and scarecrows and even though it is a small amusement park, the rides were really fun. My friends and I rode the bumper cars and the roller coasters over and over again. In the beginning of November my first host family took me to stay on Sprogø, which is a small island between Fyn and Sæjlland. It has become one of my favorite places in Denmark because of how beautiful it was. My host siblings and I walked the shore of the island and we went up into the lighthouse and could see everything. Around the end of November me and another exchange student from the U.S hosted a small Thanksgiving dinner with other exchange students from different countries. We made a turkey, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, biscuits, and tons of different pies. It was really nice to share the Thanksgiving tradition with people from other countries and they seemed to really enjoy it. A few people even said that they want to try and celebrate it with their families when they get back home.

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  • Cora, Outbound to Denmark

    It’s unbelievable for me to think that I have been in Denmark for two months already. It feels like I just stepped off the plane yesterday to start my new life in another country. I have already met so many amazing people and experienced thing I never thought I would be able to.

    One thing that has made my first two months so enjoyable is my host family. I can not even express how important it is to try to make an effort to be apart of your host family. When you show them that you care and that you want to be there, they will start to open up and treat you like a real member of the family. The little things I do with my host family are definitely the things I enjoy the most. Usually every night I help make dinner with my host mom and as we cook she teaches me new things to say in Danish and in the evenings I make hot chocolate with my host sister and we watch tv together. For efterårsferie, a school break in October where everyone gets a week off of school, I stayed in a summer house on Sjælland with my host family and they showed me around København and Hornbæk. I got to see so many incredible things like castles, beaches, The Little Mermaid statue, and Christiania.

    Another thing that has also made my exchange so enjoyable are the friends that I have made. Not everyone has the same experience making friends at school, some people find it very easy to fit into the class and some people find it extremely difficult. It definitely has not been the easiest thing for me to try to make friends in my class. If you want to be close with your classmates you really have to put in the effort and try to talk with them, but in the end it is definitely worth it. I am particularly close with two girls in my class and they help me out with my Danish, we exchange candies and food from the U.S and Denmark, and one girl is going to teach me how make traditional Danish Christmas food. I also get along really well with the exchange students that I go to school and language classes with. I really enjoy going to the language classes with the other exchange students because we all understand what it is like trying to learn a new language and how difficult it is, so there isn’t any pressure when we try to speak in front of the class or ask a question when we do not understand something. After school some of us will meet in Odense, the third largest city in Denmark, and either get dinner or just hangout and relax in the park.

    There are also many cultural differences that I have observed so far. One big difference is the amount of freedom teenagers get here compared to the United States. I was shocked when my host family said that I could go on a bus or a train and go where ever I wanted to hang out with friends, as long as I let them know what time I’ll be home. Parents and the schools in Denmark value their relationship with teenagers, so they trust them a lot. My school holds an event where the students spend the night at the school, but there are absolutely no teachers or staff in the entire building. I thought things like that only existed on tv, but because the school trusts the students they have this event. Another culture difference that I have noticed is that the school environment is the complete opposite of what it is in the U.S. The school I attend in Denmark, Vestfyns Gymnasium, has a very relaxed atmosphere and is kind of like college. My classes can get canceled or I can get more classes added on and some days I don’t even start school until 12 in the afternoon. I thought an environment so free would make it easier for students to mess around and skip class, but when the environment is not stressful, unlike how my school in the United States is, it makes going to school so much more enjoyable and you actually want to be there.

    So far, my first two months have been so much better than I could have ever expected. I am getting to experience so many things so I can not even imagine what I’ll see throughout the rest of the year.

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