Hometown: St. Johns, Florida
Sponsor District : District 6970
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of St. Johns, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
你好! My name is Liam, I am sixteen years old, and I am one of the outbounds lucky enough to be chosen for Taiwan in 2019-2020. I was so happy when I found out I was going to Taiwan–it was in my Top 5! I first heard about Rotary when my brother, Ian, did an exchange year in Finland; but it wasn't until much later that I first wanted to become a Rotary exchange student–when I realized the immense potential exchange students have for change: not only to change themselves but also those around them. Making a difference is one of my passions—both in my local community and myself. At my school, I try to participate in as many service opportunities as I can handle and that's a habit I want to keep up in Taiwan. One of my other passions is poetry. Throughout my journey with poetry, I have learned to view the world from a more diverse and poetic perspective. One of the things I'm really excited for on my exchange is the opportunity to learn another language by actually being in another country–for the past few years I've had an interest in studying languages, but there's a major difference between learning from people and learning from a textbook. By learning a new language, I'll be able to make international friends and become a true 'citizen of the world.' I owe this opportunity to Rotary and I'm immensely thankful that I was chosen to participate. The night I was chosen for Taiwan, I was told that for every student that was chosen for the program, there was a student who was not chosen, and that's been engraved in my brain ever since. It's the uniqueness of this experience that inspires me to make the best of my exchange.