By Christine Onyango (YES 2018-2019, Kenya, placed with AFS-USA in Cheboygan, MI)
I remember when I first arrived in Pelston, Michigan. I was extremely super nervous. I kept on picturing the possibilities: what I would say when I met my host family, how they would react, and the fact that I was so scared.
Then I saw the big sign with my name on it, and my heart started to pound so hard that I was sure people could hear it. But I came to realize that my worries were all insignificant. The first thing I noticed was how nice and open my host family was with me. They were extremely caring even before I really got to know them. They were so nice to me I found myself so chatty with them that I forgot how nervous I was.
I also had the chance to have a private tour on our drive back from Pelston to Cheboygan. I was also going to meet three cats who I was terrified of meeting! But when I met the cats, I realized that cats weren't so scary after all.