Im not really sure hat happened to my "bi-weekly"
updates they seem to have morphed into monthly updates but i am going to make an effort to change that. Anyways October has been a super busy month.". I have now idea whatever.
I have another blog that I keep updated more frequently than this one...check it out:

It's My Life by No Doubt

Well, I have been in France for a little over a month now and all I can say is WOW!
I love this country and everything it has to offer. I have been getting a lot of questions about what I do in France so I'm taking the time to write a Week in my life IN FRANCE.
Alright here we go: (I'm going to skip all the get ready/eat dinner/ what not)

I don't start school until 9:35 so I get to sleep in, which is amazing. My first class if either Biology(SVT) or Physics, which last until 11h00. Then we have the option of going to Latin, Japonais LV3, Art Plastiques, PERM(its like study hall). I chose to be in Art Plastique, there is no way Im going to try to learn 3 languages abroad. Any-who, after that we have lunch from 12h25 until 14h00, most people eat at school, but some go of campus or go home. At 14h00 I have Histoire & Geographie, which I actually enjoy, but it last until 15h20. We get a short break until 15h35. Then I have ANGLAIS!!!! lv 1... :) Which is always enjoyable, I love the way they look at me when I speak english, its funny. The day ends at 16h30 so yea...thats monday

Everything starts bright and early, I wake up at 6h00 to catch the bus at 7h05, School starts at 8h00. My first Class of the day is Maths Informatique, which Im doing really well in (i got a 10/10 on a homework and most of the class got 9/10). That class ends at 8h55 then I have Francais which last until 9h50, then there is a break until 10h05. Then I have ANLGAIS LV Renforce (which is like a more advanced english), which ends at 11h00. Then I have Histoire & Geographie until 11h55. Then I have lunch until 13h30 and after lunch I have ANGLAIS LV 1 until 14h30. Finally from 14h30 until 16h30 I either have SVT or Physics et Chimie. Then thats finished

Everything starts semi early because I have to wake up and catch the bus but my first class isn't until 9h00, which is History. That class last until 9h55,(we have a 10-15 min break) then I have Français for 2 hours until 12h00 then I'm finished with school for the day. After school I usually go into Laval or Angers with friends.

Is very similar to Tuesday bright and early my first class is Maths Informatique, then I have Français for 2 hours, except today we get a break between the 1st hour of french and the 2nd hour. After that we have Anglais LV1 until 11h55. Then I have lunch until 13h30 and after lunch we have Sport for 2 hours. :) Then after that we have either Vie de Classe which is like Homeroom what not or we have Anglais LV1 again. Then school is over :)

Friday is like Wednesday where everything starts semi early because I have to wake up and catch the bus but my first class isn't until 9h00, which is History.(we have a 10-15 min break) Then after that class I have French for an hour. After French I have Euro History in English, which i enjoy not because its in English but I love the history of Europe. Then I have lunch until 13h30 . After that I have the option thing where I go to Art for 2 hours. Then After that I have Anglais R. Then THE WEEKEND. On Friday nights I usually relax from the long week or a friend stays over.

Secrets Secrets are no fun unless they're shared with everyone.


1st Week!

Alright Alright Alright. I know its only the first week and i've started to slack on my blog, my bad.

Well, lets start with Day 1 of orientation.
I arrived at LGA airport which was very scary, the only thing going through my head was "I'm half way there!" When I finally met up with the AFS group I saw Lizzie and I was so happy. We sat at the airport for another hour just in case of something (Je ne sais pas) Anywho, we waited for the van to take us to our orientation. (fast forward past traffic) We arrived at the double tree hotel and thats where the adventure of limbo began. When we arrived we put all our luggage in one room until room assignment where given out. Then we got registered, where they gave out name tags, a survey, and water bottles(not for you to keep). Once you finished filling out the survey you got a beautiful yellow T-Shirt. :) (OK if you sensed the sarcasm in that statment its because literally on the van ride over i said "I hope the shirts aren't yellow I dont look good in yellow." so ya) Any who, after waiting and talking to other exchange students we went to meet with our group leaders(Jim). We had Info sessions and what not, we got our room assignments, then we got our bags and headed to our rooms to freshen up for dinner. Dinner was pretty good, after dinner we did a few get to know you games then yea.....any who

We woke up bright and early for breakfast then we had more safety and information sessions. Then we had an hour of repacking and what not, then lunch. After lunch we had another safety and info session and we also said our good byes to the kids going to different countries. The 51 people going to France....yea i said 51...there were a totally of 100 ish kids and 51 of them were going to France :) alright anyway the "French Army" left the hotel at 3 for JFK....waiting in the airport was so fun/boring/nerve racking/amazing checking in was awesome because i know my bag was overweight and it went through :p Also, BIG NEWS! We got to ride the biggest plane ever the Air France A830 the plane had two levels and a spiral staircase :) I loved it.

Arrival In Paris.
We arrived in Paris and went through all the boring things like baggage claim, customs, and what not. Finally when we got out of the airport we had to wait on our bus...ok funny story, we thought that we were riding in a Mercedes Bus because it pulled in front of us and the guy got out and me and a few friends "YAY were rollin in style" . Then the guy got back on the bus and left and we just sat there "umm hello" Then our real bus arrived but it wasn't shabby :) then we drove to our hostel which according to our leaders was the "nice" hostel and it was really nice :) We put our big luggage in a room for the orientation then took our little bags to another room so we could eat lunch...lunch was good...then we went to get our rooms then we had free time until dinner (i slept)....uh oh yea we got another yellow shirt....yay :)

On sunday, I woke up at 4:45 to take the TGV from Paris to Laval and met my host family. We went to a little cafe for drinks with the two other students staying close to me, Then we drove home about 30mins away. After I did some light unpacking, we had lunch. In France, lunch is massive especially on Sundays. So we had a big lunch, and afterwards I finished unpacking. Then I took a massive nap and when I woke up I got a mini tour of the farm. Then we had dinner. Families in France don't eat until around 8:30 or 9 at night, and dinner is long. After dinner the family gathers to watch a movie on tv :)

On monday I took the day the morning off of school to rest and recuperate. It was great. Then I went to school to get registered.I started school that afternoon, it was very scary and very confusing.I met a really nice girl in my class named Flora, she is Swedish and speaks english really well.

anywho A lot goes on and its really hard to keep up with the blog so i'll try but no promises to update every week or every two weeks

Au Revoir Atlanta! :)


Well, right now I'm sitting in the Akron/Canton Airport (lay over) waiting for my flight to LGA. I am so excited/nervous/happy/anxious/prepared/unprepared/ready/not-ready/ahhhhhh. I guess I should give you guys a run down of how yesterday and this morning went. Yesterday, I went and picked up my passport/visa from the French consulate(Just In Time :p ), I got a hair cut and a mani/pedi, took care of a few last minute things, and had a couple of friends over.
My best friend stayed over and came with me to the airport.
This morning I woke up at 5:30 to get everything ready, left the house at 6:30 and made it to the airport. The goodbyes were very sad, crying from my mom :), and random moments with my brother and best friend quoting shows and being silly around the airport.
At 9:10 my plane left Atlanta and that brings me here. My flight leave in a little bit and I should land in New York at 1:46 :)

I am so excited, I can't wait to get to orientation and meet all the other people going to France. I have two friends studying abroad too but there going to Spain and Egypt so I will get to see them in NY before I leave :)

Welp, I have to board my plane now so I'll try to update this blog as much as possible.


P.S. The name I have chosen is Adriana it so much better than (Bonjour Je m'appelle Marche Hi my name is walk...or market)

3 Days and Pictures :)

Well, I have finally hit my maximum freak out level. There are so many things to do within this 3 day period. The main thing PACK, which is so hard with a 45lb weight limit and what not. It's also really hard when you look around your room and you think hmmm i could use that one day. Oh, today there was an AFS picnic in my area for volunteers and the exchange kids that are from other countries. I had a lot of fun and meet so many cool people.
Anyway I have pictures of my host town for your viewing pleasure. :)
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My School

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Letters from the Host :D

So I have been emailing my host dad for the past two weeks. and this is the first letter


nous sommes très heureux de accueillir l'année prochaine .

Nous avons accueilli deux jeunes filles par l'association AFS et je te donne leurs coordonnées pour que tu puisse correspondre avec elles:
- Eloïsa en 2008/2009:
- Prisca en 2009/2010:

Lors du départ de Prisca en Juillet, nous avons rencontré à la gare de Laval une jeune fille au pair qui est originaire d'Atlanta. Elle habite Laval et son adresse e-mail est :

Tu es inscrite au lycée de Saint-Michel à Château-Gontier en classe de première L ( option littérature française).

Tu peux découvrir ton lycée sur le site :

Tu peux aussi découvrir la région sur les sites :,, ...

Si tu as des questions, n'hésite pas à nous écrire et nous serons très heureux de te répondre.

J'espère que tu passe un bel été et que ta famille va bien.

A bientôt.

Michel, ton papa d'accueil.


Good Evening,

we are very happy to host you this upcoming year.

We have hosted two other young girls with AFS and here is there information if you want to talk with them:
- Eloïsa en 2008/2009
- Prisca en 2009/2010

When Prisca departed in July, we met a nice young girl from Atlanta.

You will learn at lycée de Saint-Michel à Château-Gontier and will be in the class première L ( option littérature française).

to look at your schools website :

to look at our regions websites :,, ...

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reply we will be very happy to send a reply.

I hope that you and your family are doing well.

see you soon.

Michel, your host dad.

THey have sent other emails and I have found out they have a border-collie :D they are giving me a french cell phone ummm my school doesnt not have uniforms except for sports
yup thats about it :)

ohana means family :D
There are a million things to say, because I've kind of slacked off writing (Sorry!).

Part 1: Host City
Marigne-Peuton, France! Marigne-Peuton is 298km away from Paris, it is 84km away from Rennes, and 53km away from Angers :)

Pays: France
Région: Pays de la Loire
Département: Mayenne
Arrondissement: Château-Gontier
Population: 551 :O my current school has 1100 kids in it that is amazing :)
Postal Code: 53200
Mayor: Philippe Bouvet

Part 2: Host Family
Mom: Renee
Dad: Michel
Son: Matthieu (22)
Son: Vincent (20)
Animals: 1 Dog 1 Cat and a ton of cows :)
House: on a Farm :)
Pool?: Not that i know of
School Distance: 15 mins away from house by car
Starting school: Immediately after I arrive

I have a host mom a host dad and two host brothers over 18 so I guess I will be like an only child....idk....

I've e-mailed my host dad a couple times He seems really nice, and I'm really excited to meet my family. I think they all speak some English, so that should be useful.

Part 3: Departure
Departure: September 2nd
Arrival: September 3rd

Part 4: Freaking Out
Wow...I leave in 31 days... for a year... I'm really really excited... Like, REALLY excited....

More to come as the day nears

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O.M.G Usher ft Will.I.Am

Oh, well I'm updating this blog to say that nothing to exciting (relating to the exchange) has happened since my PDO.
PDO (Pre-Dparture Orientaion) was alright, I meet some amazing people that are going on exchange. We had an all female group which was kinda cool i guess. We talked about a lot of stuff like "Stranger Danger" :p and other random things like that.
Hmmm oh the last day of school was May 25th and graduation was the 27th. I was really happy on the 25th but on the 27th I got really sad. A lot of my friends are seniors and I had to imagine not seeing them for a year or longer...and then I realized that I wouldn't walk with my class... it mad me so sad, I almost cried on my Cello but i restrained myself :)
....June has been a pretty amazing month I love all of my friends. My Best Friends Birthday Party was this weekend and we have been celebrating this entire month :) I bought her concert tickets and we had so much fun (3oh!3 Cobra Starship = <3) He actually birthday is Wednesday tho so were gonna hang out again. Oh I'm also leaving July 9th to go to a wedding in Virginia and then July 11th I will be off to be a camp counselor for a month. I'm excited and when I get back I am going to have so much to do.

peace out home slice

Fully Alive by Flyleaf

So I'm sitting in class learning as us children do and my phone vibrates....I think its my mom so I check to its not my mom its an email saying "Congratulations! AFS-France has just accepted your application!"

I screamed, smiled, and my teacher and classmates looked at me like I was truly insane. I told them I was fine, and nothing was wrong. I was giddy the entire class period, as soon as the lunch bell rang I bolted out of the room. I found my friends to share the good news and they freaked out with me. :) (Imagine a bunch of girls screaming in a courtyard)

I'm so happy :)

ok now all i have to do is wait for a family and PDO (May 8th)
ill update soon... :D

Waiting by 311

So yesterday my advisor told me:
this was so awesome and I was on such a natural excitement high it was amazing and I felt so happy:)
Until I realized that I have to wait for AFS France to accept me
and apparently it might take 6-8weeks :/
so you know what that means...... it means that I am officially anxious, excited, and nervous.
So now lets play:
1. Submit Application (done)
2. Wait for Interview (done) - I kind of did this before I submitted my app.
3. Wait to see if your accepted by Native Country (done)
4. Wait to get accepted by your Host Country (done)
5. Wait for Host Family(waiting)
6. Wait for Departure(waiting)

Money Money Money by ABBA

So I received an email today, well a lot of emails from AFS and associates.

The first one was from the scholarship service letting me know that I have to send in a few forums.
The second from my AFS advisor stating that she received my App. but I forgot a few minor details so I'm going to go fix that problem when I'm done with this.
Lastly, the third was from the AFS Financial Wiki. They are finding ways to help AFSers get to the Countries. SO they have given me a ChipIn (the thing to the right of the page). This gadget allows those generous people reading my blog to help me achieve my goal of going to France. Also the money goes directly to AFS so there is no middle man.

Well I need to go get this stuff in so
Please help me by donating it is 100% safe and any amount helps :D

Let's Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas


If your wondering why I'm so excited it is because I have received my Full application today. :D
I have filled out what I can on my own and now I'm printing out the other forms so I can take them to school tomorrow.

I'm watching the 2010 Winter Olympics :D
*So this is going to be a short post...sorry*

My Name Is by Eminem

Introductions are in order, and the easest way to introduce myself is like this:
Birth Name: Marche but you can call me Adrianna
Age: 17
Grade: 11th (Junior year in America)
Current Residence: Atlanta, GA
My Family: Mom - Marcia & My Brother - Sedrick :D

That a little about me, now let me introduce this blog. WELCOME :D
I am making the blog to keep track of my adventures as an exchange student(hopefully). I have spent months trying to find the right program and I have gone through many options. I have looked at YFU, ROTARY, CIEE, AFS, and INTRAX. So I have officially picked the program I feel that is right for me and that program is (*insert drum roll here*)...........AFS. It was a hard decision for me to pick AFS but I just had to pick the right one.

First, YFU was the most cost efficient but they only send students to Britney, France.
Intrax - had very lack luster communication with me so :/ .
CIEE - leaves in early August and I work at a summer camp in the beginning of August so that was a no go (even tho I know a lot of people who have went through there program).
Lastly Rotary - You switch host families half way through your exchange, which may help some students but I think that knowing that I would be switching families wouldn't allow me to to get close to my first family.

So AFS just seemed perfect they stay in contact with me and I love them :)

I have sent off my Pre-App and I am awaiting my full application....let the adeventure begin!