Last September, Mike Pronschinske left the United States for a yearlong study abroad experience through the AFS student exchange program. Now, he has just over one month left as a foreign exchange student in Arraijan, Panama. Mike first approached his mother in the spring of 2012 with the idea of studying abroad. "I wanted to study abroad after I made a few friends that were in Hastings studying abroad," Mike said. "They said it was an experience of a lifetime." His parents, Greg and Patti Pronschinske, were supportive of his intentions.