Well, basically, my dream came true! After waiting two months to hear back from AFS Italy to see if I was accepted, the email finally came! But, I didn't just receive an email from AFS Italy. It just so happens that my host family in Genoa had accepted me and told me the news first hand on my sixteenth birthday. I couldn't ask for more! Now, it is up to me to successfully raise my tution costs and slowly but surley teach myself the Italian language. (:
P.S. AFS has designated the month of April as the "fundraising month" whereby each dollar (up to $500) raised here on my (and other AFSers') blogs, is matched by them.