Alexandra Pittaluga

Alexandra Pittaluga

The summer after junior year in high school I had the privilege to travel to Fontainebleau, France. This wasn’t an ordinary family trip as you might expect. First of all, my parents required me to raise half of the amount of money to cover the flight and my spending money. Second of all, I was traveling by myself to go live with a French family for three weeks. As a seventeen year old, this was very daunting. To make the situation even more stressful, three days before I was scheduled to leave, my grandma passed away. As you might imagine I was in a very unstable condition and the mere idea of traveling over seven thousand miles away from my family made me nauseous. However, I was not about to give up the opportunity to go on this amazing trip.

My trip to France still stands as the most exciting and worthwhile adventure in my life. This trip taught me self sacrifice, responsibility, and an appreciation for a different culture. I think that the most valuable part of the trip was that it helped to me to grow up and develop myself as a young adult. This trip was not just about me visiting all the places that I have dreamed about visiting since I started learning French in sixth grade, but it was about finding out the kind of adult that I knew I could be. I learned to stand on my own two feet when I was in a difficult and uncomfortable situation and I believe that a way someone handles themself in times like these defines what kind of a person they are. I firmly believe that I am a stronger person because of this particular adventure in my life.