Nena Cabrera

Finland

Hometown: Fort lauderdale, Florida
School: Pompano beach
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Coconut creek, Florida
Host District: 1420
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Verkkorotary



My Bio


Hei! Nimeni on Nevaeh and I’m going to Finland! I found out about the RYE program through a friend of mine who is doing the foreign exchange program this year. I’m a sophomore at Pompano Beach High School and I can’t wait to go on exchange. My school has so many opportunities as it is and I thank God I was lucky enough to have this one. At school, I’m in orchestra and novice honors society. I’m more into music more than anything else. I’ve played my viola for going on 10 years and I’m in love with it. I’m also really into medical sciences and plan on being surgeon in the future. I’m usually listening to music, playing my viola, or messing around with my siblings. I’ve been obsessed with Finland since I had heard about it at the assembly they had at my school introducing the RYE program and I can never stop talking about it. I feel blessed enough to have my first choice and I'm excited to learn about their cultural and traditions first hand and fall in love with the country in itself. My hopes after exchange are to become even more independent and experience a once in a life time opportunity.

Journals: Nena-Finland Blog 2019-20

  • Nena, Outbound to Finland

    Hey ! I’m not sure if this is my first or second journal entry but 🤷🏻‍♀️. My name is Nevaeh and I’m in Finland on exchange. Been here for half a year already and I really am having the time of my life . For the past few weeks I’ve been out in the city almost everyday , just hanging out with friends and host families. The joints in Helsinki are the ones that not everyone goes to. I suggest for this time of year going out to some cafes and spending time in libraries and museums 👌🏼 it’s pretty windy and still cold so you don’t wanna be outside ALL the time. Also , this winter has been a pretty big bust but hopefully it doesn’t get worse in the years to come. I can’t tell you how many Finns have apologized to me about the weather ! Like it ain’t your fault lol. But I’m pretty sad that we didn’t have A LOT of snow like they had hyped me up for. It’s light tho. The ice is a different story🤣 it’s sooo crazy how you would be scared to walk down a sidewalk ! Definitely get some spikes for under the shoes or just some good ol’ timbs cause yeeshhh😵another thing I wanna say is that Finnish people are a different BREED. I love Finns I really do , but if you’re extroverted like me , it’ll be hard to get used to it . I’ve never met so many people that are so quiet and to themselves. It’s funny when I’m the loud one in a group of my Finnish friends because their reactions are everything. Once we were in Forum, a shopping mall in Helsinki, and I was laughing so hard that one of my friends had to tell me to quiet Down because people started to look. Finns hate getting too much attention haha. Sometimes I’m loud just to mess with them 😅 Having Finnish friends is a great accomplishment though. If a Finn becomes friends with you expect a friend for life , no cap. I’m so happy I’ve made such amazing friends here , it’s truly a blessing. I urge any future out bounds to PLEASE talk to the other students around you. And learn the language cause god will you be surprised when you get here. My friends have always been try to incorporate Finnish into our conversations and it works out great , would recommend. I also urge for future outbound to take advantage of the language courses some of the schools offer. It’s so nice to meet new people that are on the same boat as you when it comes to learning a language , I have many friends that we study together and we progress as a team . It’s really nice to see 😌 and I think this will conclude my first journal entry on Suomi! Hope this was a nice read, another one on the way👌🏼

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  • Nena, Outbound to Finland

    Hellooooo it’s another journal entry . I figure I also talk about my experience during the holidays leading up to now. I do have to tell y’all that it’s a very good idea to get out of the house . It’s depressing all the time because of the darkness during the holidays but please either go out with friends or surround yourself with your host parents and family there . I promise it’ll be a bit better than it would be if you were to lock yourself in a room. I’m really positive that if I had stayed in my room I would’ve fallen into some sort of depression. I’m a very family oriented person , and not having my siblings and parents around me was really hard , but I’m thankful that I was lucky enough to have an amazing host family who knew it’d be hard for me. My friends didn’t understand very well but did their best to be there for me. I went out a few times , but in all honesty I should’ve gone out more often . Especially since your exchange flies by in 2 seconds. It’s already February and it feels like Christmas was a week ago . Go out and enjoy yourself. Don’t let the hurt make you stay home , it really isn’t good . I’ve regret being so sad toward Christmas and new years . It really sucks and makes you want those days or weeks back . I can’t believe I leave soon ya know , even if it's months away. Finland feels like home , and I totally believe that if y’all future OB’s go out and enjoy yourself during that time you will be sooo happy. Don’t break any of the D’s tho, especially on New Years 💀. Time really does fly, the Rotarians weren’t kidding. By this time in my exchange, I’m getting really used to the language and being able to have maybe a few convos. My friends and I are closer than ever and we can’t believe next year I won’t be here to see their vanhat, and be in classes together. It’ll really hit you like a truck , but I hope all of you can make the most of it , cause that’s what I’m tryna do . Exchange is so crazy , and I always tell my friends that it’s like making a life in a year , and having to leave after you just settled down completely. And that’s the truth, but it’s an amazing life you make in a year, and I stand by that. Don’t mess up and do stupid things either, really ain’t worth it to be honest . Eventually though, I hope that I can come back cause oh my god do I love this country ! Really get the most outta your exchange it’s a big part of really remembering everything. You’ll really makes the best memories with the best people. I also suggest making friends with the locals and don’t hang out much with the other exchangers. I only say this because the locals know the area better and speak the language. But , I’m not saying don’t hang with the other inbounds . They are really the only other people who get what y’all will be going through♥️ it’s a family you didn’t ask for but get anyway and I would push for you to get as close to them as possible during Rotex meetings, trips with other districts, ect. Alright, that’s it for the second entry.

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