My oldest son is a sophomore in high school this year. He is mature beyond his years. He has always been this way really. Maybe it’s because I never spoke baby talk with him, or because I read him books from the time he was born, or maybe he was just born that way and would have had the mature presence to him no matter what I had done?
He has always immersed himself full hearted in anything he decides he is interested in and learns as much as he can. His views on things are very mature and he can debate current events and politics better and more rationally than most adults. I hate to admit it to him but more often than not he is right about stuff because he has made sure to get the facts to back up what he says.
He is very smart. He hates to be recognized as smart though. If I tell him he is smart he tells me he is really no smarter than anyone else can be and that moats people choose not to use the capacity if their brain that they could use.
He has become independent the last few years. Although our beliefs in many issue are different I am very proud that he thinks for himself and forms his own opinions. I know a lot of kids who automatically adopt their parents beliefs and political views. He is not one of them. He is also not one of the kids who just adopts the opposite beliefs of his parent just to be different. He actually makes informed decisions and molds his beliefs around what he has found to be true by looking into all the information he can about a subject.
When he started high school he joined the youth and government club and loves the activities of it. He started bugging me about wanting to be an exchange student in his freshman year.
Initially when looking into it I was overwhelmed. How do you know what agency is a reputable one? Where do you start? I tried first by contacting his school for suggestions but they said they are not allowed to recommend or endorse any programs per school district policy. That was not helpful.
Then it seemed everything I was finding online coat so much money. More than I could ever afford to spend. I felt awful telling him it didn’t look like something he would be able to do.
Then he had a friend tell him about this program to Germany (where my son was extremely interested in already and had been teaching himself German) where it is sponsored by the congress and department of state and they give some scholarships every year. His friend hadn’t told him the name of the program. Now though I had something to look for.
I found it easy enough on google. CBYX. By the time I found the information they were already done accepting applications for this school year (Which was next school year at the time) but I sent a request for information anyway. So this year he did all the application stuff for next year and submitted it.
He just had his interview last Saturday. From what I understand of the program there are a total of 250 kids from the United States selected to get the scholarship each year. The country is broken down into 5 regions and handled by 5 different exchange agencies and 50 kids from each region are chosen for a scholarship. Not sure how stuff the competition for our region is.
The agency that is in charge of the region we are in is ASSE. In my sons interview were 4 other kids (so a total of 5) and they said there would be 3 more kids that afternoon. I am not sure if that is all the kids that were interviewing total from this metro area or this state? I am thinking this metro area. But who knows maybe there was a other interview date or location in the area with more kids?
First they did their individual interviews and then they were called back as a group to do their group interview. My son said they told him they would be notifying kids who were picked in a couple weeks or so.
I want this so badly for him. I know this would be an amazing opportunity for him and I am positive he would thrive in the situation. So now we just have to wait and see. I guess waiting us the hardest part! Hopefully in a few weeks he receives an email with exciting news!!