Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
School: St. Petersburg Collegiate
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of , Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Oi! Hello! My name is Christiana Hendriks and I am a 17-year-old student at St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. This summer I will be headed to Brazil! I have never studied Portuguese, but some of my oldest family friends are from Brazil and they are already helping me learn the basics. Growing up I was always very interested in different cultures and languages because I have a very large family that stretches across many different countries around the globe. But somewhere along the line, my interests shifted. I find myself spending my free time differently every day. I love to make music; I write songs and play piano, guitar, and ukulele. I love to write poetry, read novels, and create my own short stories. I often go to the skate park with my friends. I play competitive soccer, and am the captain of my team. Some days I’ll find myself outside, wandering around and taking in the sights. Other days I’ll want nothing more than to curl up in a ball on the sofa and watch TV with my family. On the whole, I love learning new things and cultivating healthy relationships with my family, my friends, my surroundings, and myself. When I’m not messing around with friends, I’m usually in the library or in class. Even though I love my hobbies, I'm excited for the chance to rediscover my love for traveling and learning new things about the world I live in. During this exchange, I hope to gain a perspective of the world that I didn’t have before. I am ready to take on a new challenge, make new friends, and bring everything I learn home with me.