Hometown: Gainesville, Florida, Florida
School: P.K. Yonge High School
Sponsor District : District 6970
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Buna! My name is Catalina Aguirre, I live in Gainesville, I am 15 years old, and I am a freshman at P.K. Yonge. I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Romania for the 2018-2019 academic year, thanks to RYE Florida! I live with my mom, dad, my 2 brothers, and my cat and dog. During my childhood I always felt curious about the world and other cultures. The idea of going abroad was completely out of the picture. How could a 15 year old girl travel across the world by herself. This was until Rotary Youth Exchange came to my school one day, and changed my life. I was born in La Plata, Argentina and moved to the States when I was two months old. After college my parents moved to London, and they backpacked through Europe with the smallest amount of money they had collected in Argentina. The pictures and memories that they cherish and share about traveling are the reason I applied for this program. While going on exchange, I will learn my third language in addition to Spanish and English. Speaking Spanish encouraged me to be apart of the Hispanic Honor Society at school, this club has really helped with discovering more about my own culture, as well as others. I have swam competitively for 10 years as a part of Gator Swim Club, and for my high school as well. While swimming, I have learned not only to be a respectful athlete, but more importantly, a supportive teammate. I am grateful to begin this life changing experience with the 2018-2019 Rotary Youth Exchange class! Seeing this opportunity unfold has already been so exciting, and I am eager to see where this experience will lead me in life.