To me, being an exchange student is like becoming a hobbit. Leaving your home for the large, mysterious world. Not being able to survive without all 7 meals (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, supper, dinner). Realizing just how small you are, but knowing you can make a difference. Everything around you has a touch of magic in it. Your life will be changed forever and your eyes will be opened. You can go home like Bilbo, or find a new home like Frodo. But this time will never leave you; the unbreakable bonds between friends you’ve made and the new homes and families you’ve found. And the need for adventure and travel grows inside of you. You’ve seen and done things you never thought possible, learned a foreign language, felt alone, struggled with the burden, and made it out alive and better than ever.
"Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien”
There’s a big group of Rotary Youth Exchange Students on facebook, and I saw this quote, and it just really stuck out to me. I’ve heard the comparison of a hobbit to an exchange student before, and do think it’s fantastic. This just has all the little details in there, perfect. And it captures the different facets of being an exchange student extremely well.