Dear host family, since I was about 8 years old I remember I used to watch all these american movies like High School Musical and TV shows like Hannah Montana and iCarly. And so I would wonder what it would be like to live that typical american life, which is really different from life here in Brazil.
Now that I’ve grown up I know that what they show on TV is not reality but still I’ve never lost my interest in your culture. And so, I’m really grateful for having the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and live a different life, with new people, a new culture and at a new place.
And since we’re going to spend quite some time together, I’d like to tell a few things about myself: my name is Lais and I’m from a big city in Brazil. Most people would think that for being a city girl I would try to stay as far away from nature as possible, but I love being outdoors exploring and one of my favorite things to do is horseback riding, which I had to stop for a while, since my dad thinks it’s really dangerous.
This year I’ve been having entrepreneurship classes that helped me understand how to build a business and all the process you must go through to do that. I’ve been also having filmmaking classes and we are finishing the production of our short film, which was really fun to make. And I’m doing an online photography course at the Institute of Photography (UK), where I learned a lot of techniques and discovered many things.
Besides that, when I was 5 years old my dad put me on swimming classes and since then that’s been my number one sport. And I also love music and know how to play guitar, but I’m not great at it.
Every time I talk about my passions, the first thing that comes to mind is fashion, which most people consider a superficial thing, but when I was younger I used to create new designs with my friends and that used to be something I loved to do. So now one of my dreams is to have a career in the fashion world.
My mom and my dad are divorced and every time I used to think about it I did get a little upset, but now I’ve come to terms with it. My mom is a hardworking woman and can be kind of bossy, but I know that everything she does is in order to make me a better and more responsible person. Now my dad’s always got my back even when he thinks I’m making a bad choice. And my little brother is one of the kindest person I know, he always thinks the best of people and even though he can get really distracted sometimes, my brother can be really smart when he wants.
I’m sorry if this letter ended up being too long, I just wrote what I thought was important about me. But I hope that we can get to know each other even more and also have a great time together! And again thank you for this opportunity and for welcoming me into your home!