Eetu Kohvakka, Georgia

So I decided to take a chance, leave Finland and everything I knew behind, and hunt for new adventures. UP Global presented me Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, which I knew nothing about and which name I could hardly pronounce. By UP Global recommendations, the school was perfect for me, so I decided to go for it. And where did I find myself on the first day of my year abroad…

I found myself at a small college preparatory boarding school on the Southern Appalachian Mountains, full of geniuos people, inspiring teachers, passionate coaches, and magical scenery of mountains. If there were hints of home-sickness, these things that I mentioned earlier made the home-sickness disappear. And as a part of the deal, I spent one of the best year of my life on those mountains, with friends I knew were friends for life. One doesn’t get opportunities like these many times in life, so if you have a chance to exceed yourself, go for it and don’t let anything slow you down!

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