Will Chabala arrives in South Africa

So far going on exchange in South Africa has been an amazing experience. I’ve been here for a little over two weeks and already I’ve had the time of my life. I met my exchange partner, Nsuku, and his family right as I exited customs at the airport. Nsuku and I were Will Chabala 1soon cracking jokes and messing around as if we had known each other for much longer. That was when I knew that exchange was going to be pretty awesome. My favorite experience so far was when we went to a local park and played with lions, ocelots, caracals, and more. We even got to hold some of them!

I’ve been attending Stanford Lake College and it is very different from Athenian. No matter how much Nsuku told me about the school, nothing could prepare me for my first day. I was nervous, really nervous, because first impressions are really important. But luckily everyone here is very welcoming. Besides the shared belief in outdoor adventure, this school and Athenian are very different. The food, classes, how you address your teachers (Sir and Ma’am), and uniform make it a very different school. I wasn’t given a uniform to wear so I stand out like a black sheep. But it’s still amazing and in two weeks I’ve already had the time of my life!