Exchange is about learning. It's not as simple as learning whatever it is that's told in school, though.
It's about learning how to listen, how to speak, how to think. Learning who you are, who your friends are, the type of people you want as friends. Learning how to trust your innermost feelings and how to find those feelings in the first place.
It's about learning what's really important to you and learning what you really don't give a damn about. Exchange is about how to tolerate, how to accept, how to like and how to love. Learning how to give as well as receive and how to trust that everything will even itself out on its own.
It's about learning that your Mom and Dad do have the right answers sometimes and that your kid brother isn't such a dumb little kid anymore. Exchange is about learning to treat people as people, not as stereotypes. Learning that sometimes a kiss isn't just a kiss, sometimes it means more and sometimes it means less. Learning how to achieve, how to suceed, how to accomplish.
It's about learning how to not come in first place and still be proud and about coming in last and learning how to admit that you could've been better.
Exchange is about learning that large parties don't necessarily mean a good time. Learning that loneliness doesn't go away in a crowd and that sometimes it's okay to be by yourself on a Friday or Saturday night.
It's about learning that lunchtime crowd doesn't constitute your popularity and that popularity is all a matter of perspective. It's about learning boredom is simply laziness of the mind and that watching three hours of TV every night is no quality relaxation time.
It's about learning that people probably like you a whole lot more than they'll ever tell you and that it's your responsibility to make sure your friends know how much you appreciate them.
Exchange is about learning how to miss people enough to stick them in the past, and how to miss them so much that it keeps you from moving onto the future.
Learning how to motivate yourself and how to motivate others.
Exchange is about learning. Learning how to live!