FINESSING MY WAY TO JAPAN: The Memoirs of a street girl taking her antics halfway around the world.
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Visiting Japan has always existed in my mind as a far away goal, a milestone of achievement to work towards and to be very honest something I always thought I'd have to move several economic classes and years up to attain. I've never been abroad to another country other than a trip to Samoa as a baby so travelling is quite literally a foreign concept to me. When I first heard about the Japanese Exchange, it felt like the heavens were telling me it was my chance (not the dramatic ones AHAHAHA) but it was one of those "if-not-now-when?" kinda things. So when the opportunity came, there was no doubt that I needed to at least try my best for it.
When I found out I make the cut, I couldn't believe it. I literally fell to the floor and screamed. It's such a surreal thing to be given the privilege of travelling to another country and it's definitely one I won't take for granted. There's a strong, fundamental belief I have that any success I have, by whatever means you want to measure success, is not a success that was attained by my own. It takes a village to raise a child. Things like this Japanese Exchange only strengthens my appreciation for the village that has raised me and continues to humble me because I really ain't nothing without them. I'm extremely grateful for every opportunity this exchange is giving me and the life lessons, life-long connections and life changing experiences waiting for me in Japan.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk,
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Ayyy wassup fellow dudes and dudettes! My name is Aigagalefili a.k.a Fili, a Samoan bred, Southside bound kid who's gonna be travelling to Jishukan High School in Kanagawa, Japan. Follow the Chronicles of an International Ka'a if you down with it.