when you go on exchange to another county, you imagine that it's all rainbow's and confetti. I can tell you, it's not.
when you first get to your host country everything is new, everything is exciting and you are happy 24/7. After a couple of weeks you get feeling of what everyday life in your host family is like. But in my experience it hits you like a brick wall, quick and you don't see it coming. At orientation they tell you about it, and they call it "cultural shock" in my opinion it's the wrong word. For me, my "brick wall" was about two weeks ago, everything just seems black and dark, and you just wan't to go home. You can only think about going home and count down the days till you go home. For me, looking at videos of your home town works, at least for me. I know it's weird, but trust me, it works. But just remember at the end of the day, it will be the best experience of your life and you need to enjoy every moment of it, even if it is hard. Your exchange year is like a roller coaster, everything goes up and down. It feels like a black whole, and I try to surround myself with positive things, and things that will distract me from my sadness.
at the moment i'm sitting on the couch w my host sister and dad, and watching rugby (all blacks vs. Australia) and we bought $50 worth of McDonalds, and it helps doing stuff with either your host family or your friends. But at the moment, i'm on bed rest, I pulled a muscle in my leg at swim practice last Friday and it hurts so bad..
but just remember, it wont last...