Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
School: Veritas Classical Schools
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Alpharetta, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
¡Hola! Me llamo Kate Rojales, y ¡estoy muy emocionada por estudiar y vivir en México en 2017-2018 con el programa de Intercambio de Junventud de Rotary! My name is Kate Rojales, and I am thrilled to study abroad in Mexico for the 2017-2018 year with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program! It is such an honor to be selected for this amazing opportunity. On my exchange journey, I am most excited about building meaningful, lifelong relationships with the people from Mexico and across the world because people give meaning to our lives. I love meeting diverse individuals and listening to their stories because I believe that through relationships, we can truly understand and appreciate new perspectives. I try to ask thoughtful questions, listen without judgement, and respond with compassion and empathy to create these connections. Here in the United States, I live with my mom, dad, and 14-year-old brother, Jason, in Alpharetta, Georgia. I am a senior at Veritas Classical Schools, and I also attend classes at Georgia State University. I have studied Spanish for 9 years with my dream of becoming a physician aiding Spanish-speaking populations. Outside of school, I love reading, playing the piano, and volunteering. I founded my own non-profit organization, Hope For Mail, which sends words of encouragement to families battling life-threatening childhood illness. I also volunteer as a weekly Sunday school teacher for elementary children, and I have served on mission trips to Guatemala and El Salvador. I cannot fully express how grateful I am for this opportunity to grow, experience life in a new culture, and build lifelong friendships. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, District 6900, Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, my host club and district, my host families, and countless volunteers for making this opportunity possible! ¡Hasta luego!