I am a high school student from Turkey. I have spent the last nine months of my life in Marshalltown and attended Marshalltown High School as an exchange student. These months have been the most unforgettable ones for me. My exchange program is funded by the United States Department of State, with Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) through the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. The YES Program was created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of State to build bridges of cultural understanding between countries all around the world.