On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Chelsea Kennedy of Asheville spoke to the Franklin Rotary Club about her year-long visit to Turkey as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
Kennedy spent the past year in Izmir, Turkey where she was the houseguest of a Rotarian and his family. She said during her year long exchange program she learned maturity, self-sufficiency, and independence. She could not speak Turkish when she arrived in the country, and her host family did not speak much English, so for the first three months there Kennedy said she “spoke little and listened a lot.”
When she returned home from Turkey last month, Kennedy re-enrolled at Asheville High School where she is due to graduate this month. After graduation, Kennedy will be attending George Washington University in Washington, DC where she will major in Middle Eastern Studies. After she completes college, Kennedy hopes to obtain employment with the U.S. State Department with the eventual goal of becoming a diplomat. Kennedy’s year in Turkey was sponsored by Rotary District 7670, of which the Franklin Rotary Club is a member.