Say Yes to Everything
One of the best pieces of advice I got as a 15 year old exchange student about to embark on a year long exchange program to Germany was to say yes to everything.
I was about to go through a roller coaster of experiences that would change my life profoundly and the program I was on was extremely well equipped to prepare teenagers for all of the feelings that we'd be feeling.
It was exactly what I needed to know before going on my exchange year.
This year abroad helped me uncover my greatest passion, made me fluent in German, and left a massive impression on me.
I knew I wanted to live in Europe again.
I knew I loved learning about (and being immersed in) another culture.
And I knew I felt proud of myself for going on so many adventures, never resisting the unfamiliar, and learning both German and Bavarian (and so much more).
I frequently remember this advice of saying yes to everything and have passed it along to many students. I always advise young people to go for it and take the class, start the club, go to the meet up - if you're invited to something, go, and have a good time!
Practice What You Preach
This week, I totally practiced what I preach because I was invited to be a guest on Azren the Language Nerd's YouTube Channel for a 5 Minute Language Chat!
We scheduled it super quickly and somehow (even after watching a few of his videos), I didn't catch that it was going to be done live. I didn't realize it would be live until about 30 minutes before we were set to meet.
I had never done a YouTube Live before. Needless to say, I learned a lot about how to be a guest on YouTube Live.
Live Language Exchange
Next week, Azren and I are going to do a live language exchange! It's incredible that between the dozen languages we both speak, the only one that overlaps is English.
We're going to do a live YouTube stream next week where we teach each other a different language (in just a few minutes).
I'm sure more of my language nerdiness will come out :)
Have you ever done YouTube/Facebook/Instagram Live before?
Do you get nervous speaking in public?
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