Hej! (Hey in
Swedish) My name is Matthew London. I live in Vero Beach Florida. I am 16
years old and a sophomore at Vero Beach High school. Next year, I will be in
Sweden as a RYE ambassador. I have never been so excited and nervous at the
same time. I play soccer for my high school and hope to play while I am in
In addition to
soccer, I like to go to the beach and hang out with my friends in my spare
time. I live with my mom, dad, brother and sister. My dad, Stuart, is a
Director of IT for a Dutch Financial firm. My mom, Leslie, is an
Administrative Assistant for a children’s theatre. My brother, Jeffrey, is
18 and a senior and my sister, Lauren, is 12 and in 7th grade.
I don’t think I
am ever going to realize how real this new life experience is going to be
until I get off the plane. “You are the only
problem you will ever have and you are the only solution. Change is
inevitable, personal growth is always a personal decision”. I feel that this
experience will change me vastly as I journey to a new country and step out
of my comfort zone. I will be taking on new responsibilities and will be
learning about a new place and culture.
can’t predict what will happen in the future, but whatever happens I am
going to face it head on. I will miss my friends, house, family and more.
Although I am leaving a lot, I wouldn’t give up this opportunity for the
world. I am not going to miss an amazing experience to grow as a person
because I am afraid.