Request for Question Clarification by
31 May 2003 22:42 PDT
Let me offer a bit of advice from an AFS veteran to a potential
One of the reasons AFS asks us to write these essays (very short for
the preliminary screening) is to see how well *you* can express
yourself. It's important beyond measure to be able to communicate
your ideas clearly, particularly in an exchange situation, where there
isn't going to be anyone to speak for you.
This is the first of *many* essays you'll be required to write in the
course of your application process - they don't get any easier, so
it's imperative that you sit down to gather your thoughts and organize
It's nerve wracking, I know, but when that heavy AFS envelope comes in
the mail to welcome you to the AFS family, it will all be worth the
effort. Living abroad on an AFS program is one of the most exciting,
challenging, scary, rewarding, frustrating, life-changing experiences
you'll ever have.
I would suggest to you that you contact your local AFS chapter and ask
them to put you in touch with a returnee. The advice of a returnee,
someone who's not only been through the rigorous application process,
but has also completed the program, is particularly valuable as you
find your way through your paperwork.
If you don't know how to reach your local chapter or if you don't have
a local chapter but want to find a returnee to ask for advice, go
Reconnect With AFS
Register for the bulletin board and post a request for help. You'll
find plenty of people willing to help you polish your essay there.