Hi everyone! It's always me, Luca!
Finally another weekend has come, and as I always do, I enjoyed it! Today it's saturday 24th, so I still have tomorrow, but I think I'll spend it studying, seen that I have a real important physics test on Tuesday. It's important only because I want to see if I did well choosing Physics ;)
Few weeks ago, I thought it would have been nice for us to go somewhere and visit this new country. I went at least once in every city near my house, in Brixham, then I thought about going to Exeter! So we planned this day-trip with some of the exchange students here in Torbay!
We firstly took the train at Paignton and I must admit it was REALLY cheap. We payed 4.45 £ per person because we went there as a group.
We jumped off the train in Exeter Central and we went in some shops to buy things we needed. After that we started our excursion!! Here I will leave some photos we took during the day. I think Exeter is a really beautiful town and I really felt in love with its Cathedral! It's huge and I love gotic style.
Of course Exeter is not the only city that you can see, there's plenty more! I remember one of the first days we went to Dartmouth as well! Yeah, it's a really nice town by a river. You can get there by the bus and then by the ferry. Once you are there there are lots of beautiful houses and they seem like old england (victorian style).
Well, I think I made my point, you can't get bored in Torbay, there are lots of activities to do and lots of places to visit. For this weekend it's all, I must study hard if I want to get a high grade, so I don't have time for other activities, but if everything goes as planned, next weekend I'll tell you how is the laser game ;)
Welcome back to this website!
In the last post I make a briefly description of almost everything important. In this post I'd like to describe the school system here!
Well, the school here is completely different from my home country school. Firstly, here we have more classes. I mean, here you have to move from class to class, from room to room and you will finish to have lots of friends (which is good) and lots of kilos less (which is also good ahah).
Here technology is the most important thing. Everyone know how to use a computer just because all the subjects are on it. If you have to do an homework and you are not sure on something you can always send an email to the teacher and she/he will answer you back before the day after. It's incredible...
Now you may say "Where do you live? Everywhere is like you said" It's not true! Probably every Italian guy can understand me when I say that I love this way to do school!
Another big difference, huge I would dare to say, is the number of subjects studied in a year. When the school asked me which subjects would I like to take, I couldn't believe I had to take ONLY 4 SUBJECTS!!!
From 13 to 4... Big step. Some of my friends here in England asked me if I find their school too easy when I said them I used to do 13 subjects. To be honest, I don't know. They are two completely different ways to do school. We do 13 subjects but some of them are not really studied. For example, Physics. If you do physics here, you do 5 periods a week. At home we did 2 a week. It's completely different and I personally think you can't compare them. Both are difficult enough.
However, I find the British school really more interesting. Teachers always try to make you be comfortable and easy going.
However, let's talk about something else... Like host families and homesickness. I remember when I was in the soft landing camp in London, when the Educatius staff "trained" us to face every single problem we would meet during our stay. I remember how I was, like "I don't care, I'm strong, only the weak will feel homesick". And well, guess what? I was probably the one who felt terribly homesick.
No one is immune to this kind of sickness, but there are some people who can face it well and some others who can just be destroyed by it. And I was one of them, until I found my right motivation. Yes, you will always miss your home, I still do, but the only way to face it is keeping yourself busy, don't think about it and think at this as the new life, the one you dreamt since you were a child.
Think about how lucky you are to be here it's probably the most important thing which kept me here. I remember I asked my student liaison officer if I could go home. And now I'm so glad he asked me to stay here a bit longer.
If you are going to leave for an exchange year or you are already there or simply you are interested in these kind of things, remember that your home is still there waiting for you, nothing will change, or better, everything will change, but you will be a completely different person as well. Your home will not escape, it will always stay there where you left it.
Knowing that you'll come back, why don't you enjoy your time here? This is the right way to see the exchange year. You will be there only for 10 months or less. Could seem a lot, but it will last less than a second, and you will have to come back against your willing.
I'm sorry I promised I would talk only about the school, but I think this topic is important too! Today I'm going to the bowling and to eat something with some friends. Tomorrow, my host family should take us to the go kart centre!! If it will happen, stay tuned! Soon will come a post about it with lots of pictures!
Your exchange student in Torbay,
Hello everyone! I'm Luca and I'm 16 years old!
I would like to tell you something about my live here in Torbay, because I think the experience that I'm living is quite exciting but also quite rare.
I came here on 27th of August with Educatius. I have to admit that the first times were really difficult to me. I mean, everything was different, everything seemed to be against my tradition. The food was completely different and my belly was refusing to eat it. So I was really homesick. But do not be scared. Now I feel as never before. I understood that keeping yourself busy it's something really important because it will help you not to think about your home country. I visited some cities around Brixham (where I live) and everything seems awesome. Now I wouldn't like to come back. I've seen a bit of Paignton and Torquay. We went even in Dartmouth, which is the most beautiful town in all torbay. It was like being in a film, with all these coloured houses and nice landscapes (and lots of sheeps). Anyway, if you ever get bored and you don't know what to do, don't worry, torbay has lots of opportunities you can get.
I went to the Torquay bowling with some friends and I think it's a good way to spend the afternoon (I won!!! And I ended to be in the "Today's top scores"!!!)
But unfortunately there is more the leisure in Torbay, there are also schools!! You could think "Oh, damn it, school..." but I have to admit that schools here are quite interesting and they try to involve you into their subjects. Then you are happy to go to school. Or at least I am.
The travelling to the school is not that bad, the buses come really often and they are really AWESOME. Ah, I almost forgot, I'm going to Churston Ferrers Grammar School (the best! ahah).
School gave us Google Chromebooks to study and we can take it at home and wherever we want. We will have to give them back at the end of the year though (obviously).
I really love this computers, you can share homeworks and receive a feedback immediately. Anyway the schools here are pretty much all technological. In mine, everything is on the web. We have our personal e-mail address and we have homeworks on Google Classroom and so on.
This is my timetable, i'm doing 4 a-level subjects:
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope it has been helpfull!
Next week I'm going to try Go karting!! Maybe it will be a good reason for another post!
See you soon,
Hello everyone! We are some of the exchange students who are staying for a year in the English riviera!