Sabrina Fridschtein

France

Hometown: Weston, Florida
School: Cypress Bay
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Weston, Florida
Host District: 1770
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Selis



My Bio


Bonjour! Hello! My name is Sabrina Fridschtein, I am 15 years old, and I live in Weston, Florida. I am originally from Brazil but have been living in the United States for three years now. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, and will hopefully be fluent in French as well! I love learning new languages and immersing myself into new cultures. Learning languages is almost like a hobby to me, not only am I learning French, but I’m also currently learning American Sign Language, Spanish, and Korean. I am currently a sophomore at Cypress Bay High School and am heavily involved in my school’s French Club. I will be attending a competition representing my French class in the speaking category soon, which means that a judge will ask me a question in French, and I will have to give a minimum three-minute answer in French, I am very nervous, but also very confident. I have always loved the French language and am incredibly grateful for this opportunity Rotary has granted me of living abroad in my dream country. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted to help people, and for the longest time, my dream has been to become a doctor. I am sure that by learning French I would be able to help many people all around the world and maybe make a difference. I have previously lived in Brazil, Switzerland, and Boston so I have learned to quickly adapt to new environments and learn from their diverse cultures. So I am confident that this year abroad will be amazing.

All inbounds in my district 1770. We are 25, from 16 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and United States)

All inbounds in my district 1770. We are 25, from 16 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and United States)

Some of the other inbounds and me with the French flag at the Forum des Pays

Some of the other inbounds and me with the French flag at the Forum des Pays

 Zoe and I in front of Mont Saint-Michel

Zoe and I in front of Mont Saint-Michel

Visit to Paris

Visit to Paris

Rotarians and me in front of Mont Saint-Michel

Rotarians and me in front of Mont Saint-Michel

My host mom and host sister visiting Alsace (another region in the east of France)

My host mom and host sister visiting Alsace (another region in the east of France)

The first snow!

The first snow!

Halloween Party at Mont Saint-Michel.

Halloween Party at Mont Saint-Michel.

In Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France.

In Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France.

 At a ride in Disneyland Paris with my Host brother from my first family.

At a ride in Disneyland Paris with my Host brother from my first family.

 At the Musee D'orsay in Paris, in front of the biggest painting there.

At the Musee D'orsay in Paris, in front of the biggest painting there.

Christmas celebration with Inbounds, Rotarians, and Rotex.

Christmas celebration with Inbounds, Rotarians, and Rotex.

Beautiful view of the Sea in Ault, in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Beautiful view of the Sea in Ault, in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

 Ice Skating in Paris with the other exchange students in my district.

Ice Skating in Paris with the other exchange students in my district.

Journals: Sabrina-France Blog 2019-20

  • Sabrina, Outbound to France

    It has been a while since my last journal, about three months to be exact. But I swear those three months passed by so fast, too fast even. And I have done A LOT. Also, please excuse my poor writing. Not only am I naturally just very uncreative but English is also my second language and is not always easy for me. I also blame the fact that French has become my first language here, I seriously forget English and Portuguese sometimes, It's a crazy feeling. Bilingual? More like Byelingual.

    Firstly, in December my district had a nice little Christmas celebration with all the inbounds, getting to spend another day with my exchange family is always the most fun, but that was also the day when we had to say goodbye to our oldies, which are exchange students from the southern hemisphere, usually from South Africa, New Zealand, or Australia. It was a little preview of what we would have to do once our time was up, and we would have to go back home. It’s super crazy to think that I’m already half-way through with my exchange when it feels like it just started. Anyways, I’m not looking forward to when my time to leave comes. I also went on a small Christmas trip to the West of the country with my host family and got to visit the beautiful Baie de Somme which is a large estuary in the Picardy region of France, where I live. But technically the region isn’t called Picardy anymore since it joined with another region called Nord-Pas-de-Calais and now is called Haut-de-France.

    Then, at the beginning of January, I changed host families and now I live in the center of my city, Senlis, which I love! It is a lot easier to go to school now and to go out with friends. I also am enjoying my new host family, I have three small host siblings now and even though sometimes it can get crazy, I like the fun. And at the end of January we had another district meeting but this time it was only with the Rotex and we all went Ice Skating in Paris which was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to what is to come, especially since I have gotten used to my life here now.

    I also have some tips for future exchange students. Sometimes locals can be mean, say mean things, call you names, make fun of your accents, and all that stuff. Just know that, most of the time, they don't really know it is hurting your feelings. Jokes are different in different countries. Here in France most of the jokes are very sarcastic and they love making fun of others for no matter what. So don't worry too much about it because most of the time it's not personal. And if it really bothers you, talk yo your family, Rotary, or school, about it. It could also really help to talk to the person who is making the jokes and understand their point of view.

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  • Sabrina, Outbound to France

    Well, welcome to my first Rotary Journal.

    I’ve been in France for nearly 3 months and it has been by far the best three months of my life, but there were some hard times as well. Let’s start from the beginning, I arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport on August 27th, 2019. There I was welcomed by my first and second host family as well as many other Rotarians and Inbounds. It was funny how all the inbounds got there together and were all equally as tired and lost from all the traveling and French speaking. Immediately as I got there I went to this awesome Creperie (basically just a restaurant that specializes in Crepes) and then I had time to get settled at my new home in a small city called Pontpoint (It’s at 60km north of Paris). The next day the other inbound who’s in my City, Zoe from Argentina, and I went to a nearby city names Compiegne and got to visit this beautiful garden next to a castle. That weekend was Integration Camp and I got to meet all of the other inbounds in my district, we are 25. Everyone got along so well and it’s amazing to see how even if we don’t all speak the same language and have the same experiences, we still understand each other and try our best to communicate with one another. I love my district.

    The first day of school came right after on September 1st and wow it was so scary. Having Zoe there with me definitely made it easier, however, I was put in Seconde, which is 10th grade here, which means I’m with people who are a bit younger than me and even though the difference isn’t much, sometimes I do feel that they can be extremely immature. School if very different, every day the number of classes and what classes we have changed, we get to leave the school during lunches and breaks, and if the teacher is not there we get to just leave, substitute teachers are not a thing here. On most days my school day goes from 9 am to 4:30 pm, but sometimes I start at 8 am or even end as late as 5:30 pm. On Wednesdays, I leave at 1 pm, which is very nice.

    Here are some things I have found different about France (With my family at least) compared to what I’m used to so far:

    - Always have bread at meals. And cheese too;

    - They mostly eat food planted on their gardens;

    - Eat all meals together, as a family;

    - They leave the water outside on the kitchen table so that it’s

    room temperature;

    - Recycling is a big thing here;

    - They have these fruit-flavored syrups that they put in the

    water so that it has flavor;

    - The toilet bowls are awkwardly very deep;

    - No water fountains at school, people drink from the sinks;

    - School lunch is mostly very healthy and well prepared;

    - Everyone has the same 4-colored Bic pen, it’s funny;

    - In school everyone wears their backpacks high up on their

    backs;

    - In small villages, people walk in the middle of the street.

    After the first month, I had a Forum des Pays, there the other inbounds and I got to present our countries to the future outbounds. It was nice getting to see all the inbounds again, I feel like at this point we are all like a big family, these are my people and I love them all. My district tries to organize things at least once a month so that we can all see each other. And at the end of October, we had our first Bus Trip. We got to visit the Mont Saint-Michel which is an Island and commune in Normandy, France. There we joined four other districts and we even got to have a Halloween Party!

    So far the exchange has been a roller coaster of emotions and while I've had a lot of good times, and some bad times as well. At school sometimes kids can be a little mean, especially after they get used to you. In my case, I’ve succeeded in making many French friends but sometimes they'll make fun of my accent or comment on something about how I look “as a joke”. The French are also very sarcastic and even though most times they don’t even notice, they can be a little rude. But overall everyone is very nice and welcoming.

    Now life in France is starting to be more normal. I have made French friends at school who I speak only in French with (Students at the High Schools are really bad at English, it’s crazy), I also speak only in French to my host families and Rotarians in my club. I’m very excited for what is to come and the adventures I have yet to live.

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