|Student Profile:Alessandro is a sixteen year old boy from Italy who loves basketball, listening to music, and exploring new cities. Alessandro devotes about 14 hours a week to playing basketball for his town’s local team, which is considered to be a very high ranked team in Italy. He practices with his team every day, except Sunday, and he thinks of his teammates as brothers. Alessandro also enjoys listening to music, which he tries to do almost every day. His favorite music is pop and rap but he also enjoys rock. Alessandro loves to travel with his family and explore new areas. He has had the opportunity to travel to several places in Europe, and has spent some time in New York City too. His other hobbies include hanging out with his friends, playing video games and going to church with his family. Teachers and coaches describe Alessandro as intelligent, capable, funny and polite. They appreciate his communication skills, ability to fit into new grou! ps and the amount of respect he shows towards adults and students alike.
Alessandro’s native language is Italian and he has studied English for nine years. He earns excellent grades in school, and his favorite subject is English. Alessandro is planning to attend university once he graduates high school.
Alessandro lives with his mother, father and little sister, and they are all very close. His mother is a teacher and his father works as a civil servant. Alessandro has no pets but is willing to live in a home with them. He also has no allergies.Letter to Host Family:
Dear Host Family,
I\’m very happy to spend with you my semester as an exchanges student.
I\’m a 16-year-old boy, I live in (…), a small town (…).
I live in a flat with my mum, my dad and my little sister.
My mother is (..)and she teaches Maths at a local High School, that\’s why I must get good marks, especially in her subject.
My father is (..) too and he is a civil servant at the (…), so he has to get up very early in the morning to catch the train to (..).
My sister is (..) years old and she studies at Secondary School.
Let\’s talk about me
I\’m quite tall and thin and, as you can see from the photos, I\’ve curly brown hair and brown eyes (I\’ve got glasses but I always wear contact lenses).
As for my personality, I can say that I\’m friendly, polite, sincere and always happy.
Unfortunately, I am a little stubborn and touchy, too.
I am in the third year at a (…) and, as I already said, I\’m quite good at school, I can get good marks without studying too much. I usually study not more than one hour a day, but there are days when I don\’t have to study at all, which are my favorite ones.
However, I spend most of my free time in the afternoons practicing my sport: Basketball.
I play in my town\’s team: (…) in the under 17 . Our first team is in the second Italian league, three years ago it was in the first one, it was there from 2001 to 2013.
Two players were selected to play in the NBA: Thabo Sefolosha in 2006 and Jonas Jerebko in 2009.
So it\’s a very important club here in Italy and I\’m very proud and honored to play here.
I train every day except Sunday, usually two hours, sometimes we also lift weights before the training and once a week I have a national championship game.
I love Basketball, I think it\’s the best sport ever. It\’s poetry in motion. I like it because it\’s a team sport, so you can play with your teammates and share good and bad moments with them. We are all brothers. We spend a lot of time together, we took part in a lot of tournaments in Italy and also abroad for a few days.
Two years ago we were in the best 32 teams in Italy.
Furthermore, the reason why I prefer it to soccer or other team sports is because you feel a different emotion every single action.
Other hobbies I have are playing videogames and surfing the net, I usually spend a couple of hours a day in front of my laptop.
I often listen to music, my favorite types of music are rap and pop but I relay like rock too.
I am a catholic and I go to church once a week, usually on Sunday.
I like to travel and discover new places and cities, since I was a kid I have been travelling with my family by caravan and sometimes by plane.
I have been to London, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris and even New York.
In summer I move with my parents and my grandparents (…) which has a very big garden.
As for my future, I would like to attend university but I don\’t know exactly which subject I am going to study: of course something scientific, like engineering or technology because I\’m quite good at working with the pc.
One of my dreams is to become a professional basketball player.
I have learnt about this student exchange from one of my friends who did it last year. He lived in (…) and played basketball for all the period, firstly in the school team and then in the city team. I\’d like to do the same.
I wish to live with an American Family for a semester because I want to improve my English, to visit different places, to get to know new people with different habits, to learn the American culture. I think it will be very useful to my future because I would like to study there.
Another reason is to know more about American Basketball and one day perhaps play there professionally.
We will share and compare different ideas, lifestyles and cultures and have a good relationship which could last a long time.
I’m sure that this experience will be very rewarding and it will help me to grow up and become independent.
I will try to live it at my best without wasting any moment.
I thank you in advance for the opportunity you are giving me.
See you soon
Student Essay Questions:
a) Why do you wish to become an exchange student and live with a host family?
I would like to live life as an American teenager, be part of an American family, share good and bad moments with them. I know that it will be very difficult but I want at the beginning but I\’m ready to this challenge.
I’m sure that this experience will be very rewarding and it will help me to grow up and become independent. I will try to live it at my best without wasting any moment, to visit different places, to know new people with different habits. I think it will be very useful to my future because I would like to study there and maybe to move there. Another reason is to know more about american Basketball and one day pheraps play professionally there.
b) What do you look forward to gaining, learning, and accomplishing on this program?
I look forward to improve my English, because I think it\’s needful to know it very well to have more opportunities. Moreover I want to learn a lot of things about American culture and habits, and I think the only way to do it is to live with an american family for a bit of time. I will learn to be indipendent, to do things by myself and become more mature. I will also meet new people and I will make new friends with which I will stay in touch and maybe invite them here in Italy to visit our beautiful cities.
c) What can you, as an exchange student, offer your host family, school, and community?
As an exchange student I can offer to my new family informations about Italian and European culture, history (which things I\’ve studied at school), cities like Paris, London, Venice, Rome, Florence and others that I\’ve visited with my parents.I can also give informations about Italian basketball. If in the family there was a basketball player like me, we would share our ideas, projects and interests and talk about differences between the two kinds of balling in Italy and in the United States.
Furthermore we will compare our different lifestyles and habits and learn something new mutually every day in the period.
d) What challenges do you anticipate as an exchange student and how do you plan to tackle them?
Of course at the beginning I will feel alone, but it is part of this \”project\” and I\’m sure that my new family will help me to tackle this problem. Another problem will be school, I will have to pay much more attention than I did in Italy, to understand the lesson. I will have to get used to my new life so I am going to meet new people and make new friends. Every single moment will be useful to me and I won\’t waste any of them. I know that it will be difficult but I will work hard to overcome the difficulties that I will encounter.