Julia Cerreta

Finland

Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida
School: Pompano Beach High school
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Coconut Creek, Florida
Host District: 1410
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Turku


My Bio


Terve! My name is Julia Cerreta I’m a sophomore at Pompano Beach High school. I’m really active in school clubs such as SGA (student government and Peer counseling. I’m in the concert band and have been playing the clarinet for 5 years now. I absolutely love school so much and I’m so grateful to be introduced to this life changing experience. I live with my mom and our 3 pets ( 2 Pugs and 1 cat). On my free time I go to the beach, explore, listen to country music, go to the movies, volunteer, and spend time with my friends. I’ve been going to sleep away (Camp Jewel) for 5 years now and had amazing adventures such as, hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing down the Vermont river, and biking from Connecticut to Massachusetts. I absolutely love nature so much I can’t get enough of it just being outdoors makes me feel free. With all the adventures I’ve experienced I think going to Finland will be the best. I’ve never seen snow before and just jumping into Finland will be the best way to do it. I’m so excited to be embarking on this life changing journey and meeting so many new people and making new experiences. Julia Cerreta

These are my really close Finnish friends who thought me how to make real Finnish good like korvapuusti.

These are my really close Finnish friends who thought me how to make real Finnish good like korvapuusti.

This is my really close friend Tuulevie.She went on exchange last year to Washington state.

This is my really close friend Tuulevie.She went on exchange last year to Washington state.

Exploring the Turku castle!

Exploring the Turku castle!

This is Sydney and I at your first true Finnish experience. We went to go see cheek at his final concert eating paistetut muikut. It is actually pretty good.

This is Sydney and I at your first true Finnish experience. We went to go see cheek at his final concert eating paistetut muikut. It is actually pretty good.

Just me walking along the river enjoying the nice views with one of my good friend Siabion.

Just me walking along the river enjoying the nice views with one of my good friend Siabion.

This is my really good Chilean friend Lulù and we were just exploring the river one day like we always are just wondering around the city.

This is my really good Chilean friend Lulù and we were just exploring the river one day like we always are just wondering around the city.

This is my amazing family who I absolutely love sooo much I couldn’t ask for anyone else to be hosting me.

This is my amazing family who I absolutely love sooo much I couldn’t ask for anyone else to be hosting me.

I really like just taking pictures with my friends.

I really like just taking pictures with my friends.

Last day with my host family.

Last day with my host family.

The Julia's in Lapland

The Julia's in Lapland

Isaac, Siobhan, and I in Lapland.

Isaac, Siobhan, and I in Lapland.

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Me and my friend Angeline at an art museum in Helsinki.

Me and my friend Angeline at an art museum in Helsinki.

Just another art museum in Helsinki.

Just another art museum in Helsinki.

Me and my friends Jess at the airport the day she left.

Me and my friends Jess at the airport the day she left.

In Finland they have an abscission with these gnomes. So me and Siobhan had to have a picture.

In Finland they have an abscission with these gnomes. So me and Siobhan had to have a picture.

All of my really good exchange friends.

All of my really good exchange friends.

Journals: Julia-Finland Blog 2018-19

  • Julia, Outbound to Finland

    Moi!

    Life has been crazy here. Since the last time I wrote a blog I changed host families, went to Lapland, had Christmas/ new years, and have kinda survived the Finnish winter.

    These couple of months have been amazing and difficult. I first went to Lapland for a week with Rotary. That trip was the best trip ever. I went skiing, dog sledding, and a reindeer ride. It was also my first time seeing SNOW!!!! Also just being with all the exchange students was great.

    Next a couple of weeks after Lapland it was time for me to change host families. It was kinda crazy thinking leaving everything I knew and my safe place. I knew things were gonna be making in my new family but it was just the thought. So when I moved I was happy but not so happy. After my first night I fell in love with them. I have a host dad (Juha) and a host sister (Eveliina) that live in the house with me. I also have two other host sisters Kamila and Pauliina. everyone in my family is the best. Very different from my first family but it’s a good different and I couldn’t ask for anything different.

    Holidays

    Thanksgiving in Finland. Well it’s not a thing which is kinda good. So me and my American friend Siobhan just went to our favorite Mexican restaurant (Taco Nito). Then, CHRISTMAS/ HYVÄÄ JOULUA, well it was actually amazing. Finnish Christmas is different but am amazing different. So the first different thing is that we celebrate in the 23rd of December not the 24th. Well the day state of with me and my host sisters going sledding and coming back home and going to sauna. Then all go us having brunch. After brunch we stated getting the food ready for dinner. We love all sending time together and just spending time playing games and being together. We got ready and had dinner then opened presents. After Christmas day I thought the festivities were over but no. The next day we went to my host moms house and it started all over again. After this two days I thought it was all done but nope not even close the next day we went to go visit the whole family. Which was absolutely amazing. Meeting the whole family and just being apart of everything just go try mind off of being away from home. Next New Years, well that was also amazing. Me and some of my exchange friends and Finnish friends went to the river and watched the fireworks. Then went to go get food at Hesburger.

    I never really thought it exchange was extremely difficult. But after New Years it came time for the oldies to leave back to Australia and one of my best friends was apart of that. The week before Isaac left we took a trip to Helsinki with Siobhan. We absolutely had the best time the next week me Siobhan and I travel back to Helsinki to say our goodbyes. It’s kinda crazy just knowing that you don’t know the next time your gonna see that person. Now walking around the city with Siobhan without Isaac is so weird and different. It’s absolutely bizarre knowing that things are never gonna be the same in our friend group.

    Winter

    Man It is AMAZING, words can’t even describe how mind blown I am about It. Yesterday was -24 degrees Celsius with about 6 cm of snow on the ground. Seeing everything covered in snow is so pretty. Yet kinda annoying. Do you guys know the they do not plow there snow here in Finland so basically you’re just walking on ice. They put pebbles down on the sidewalks but it doesn’t help. I’ve literally fallen so many times. But it’s all about the experience.

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  • Julia, Outbound to Finland

    So I arrived here a little over a month ago leaving my family and friends. But this experience so far has been the best time of my life. Even though Exchange is hard and challenging but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. When I first signed up for Exchange I wasn’t sure what I was looking for or what I wanted out of Exchange. After finding out I will be spending a year in Finland out of all places I was ecstatic! Waiting for August 5th was hard thinking about thinking about all the new things I get to do. But when I got here everything got better. I got sent to Turku, Finland district 1410 on the southwest coast of Finland. I don’t think I have fallen in love with something as much as I love this place. Since being here I started school at Turun Klassillinen Lukio. At school, my lessons are Music, Art, Spanish, and English. Going to school in Finland is so odd but a good odd. I’ve made so many new friends who have helped me find my way through school and the teachers. My host family is amazing, I have two little host brothers (Eero and Eemeli), a dog ( Sissi ), and my host mom and dad (Katri and Teijo). They have taken me to do weird and new exciting things like explore Turku Castle, biking in the freezing rain, going to Cheek concert which made me a real Finn (Cheek is a very famous rapper and he ended his career, and everyone in Finland loves Cheek). when coming here I was thinking to my self its Europe how much different it can be from America. But Europe a big step up from America you get a different view and opinion about your country. There are also different cultural things as well as for example in Finland they have about 5 meals a day and for me, I find that very odd because back in the states I only eat about 3 meals a day. Also which I find is pretty strange is how they give their younger kids so much freedom. You see 7 and 8-year-old kids going on the bus by themselves and walking around the city by themselves. But people here give their kids a lot of trusts.

    After here for this long, I really haven’t sat back and reflected on myself. So I went for coffee and took about an hour thinking about myself and I asked my host family if they saw any changes in myself. I realized that I have really have matured with certain things. It took me a while to really take it all in that I was on the other side of the world really on exchange. But after I after took it all in it has been amazing. I’ve really learned from my mistakes and I enjoy how I’ve seen myself change through them. I can’t wait to be able to experience more amazing this on this wonderful journey I’m on.

    -Julia Cerreta

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