Hometown: Clearwater, Florida
School: Saint Petersburg Collegiate
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Clearwater, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Hello, my name is Julia Mannella and I’m currently a Senior at Saint Petersburg Collegiate High School. I live in Clearwater, Florida with my mom, dad, brother, and my chocolate lab. I’m involved in the various clubs at my school, such as Interact, National Honors Society, and Junior Achievement. My biggest passion is teaching, which is what I do for a living. I’ve been a teacher’s assistant for almost four years and that will be one of the things I miss most while on exchange. Most people can’t say that they love their jobs at my age, but I LOVE my job. I like to have time to myself to do things like hot yoga and running outside. I love to travel and go on adventures, and I’ve always been that way. Before I was even a year old, my parents would bring me along on their vacations to places like New York, The Bahamas, and on cruises. If I’m not traveling, chances are I’m probably planning where I want to go to next. I think that traveling is the best way to learn about how the world works because it really opens your eyes and makes you recognize that your way of life is completely different from another cultures way of life. On this exchange, I want to build better communication skills, learn a new language, and expand my world view. I’m both nervous and extremely excited to live in Denmark, where it is definitely going to be a different way of living than Florida. I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait for all of the adventures and learning experiences soon to come. It still feels like it’s all just a dream, and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this dream a reality.