A Roaming Rotex

Ask me a question about anything!    Submit   I'm Ellie and I went in France for 10 months in highschool with Rotary Youth Exchange. The year abroad changed my life more than I ever thought it would. I've been "home" since June 14, 2011 and I"m still figuring out how to live as a bicultural citizen. I love traveling, helping students prepare for their exchange, making a difference and having a great time. I had an elaborate plan before exchange and now all I have is a goal. I'm figuring the rest of life out as I go. I'm just a roaming rotex.


And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;

- Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1913

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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


Brennan Macklin

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. 

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