Homecoming Dance

09/16 one of the best days so far.

Our Homecoming Dance was on that day and I was so excited! Every exchange student is looking forward to Homecoming because we don’t have something like that in Germany and I don’t understand why ?! It’s just awesome. I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to go to Homecoming. It’s a school dance for all grades.

My day started at 9 a.m. I woke up and took a shower. I had to dry my hair because later we had an appointment at a salon to have our hair done. I had breakfast and prepared all the stuff I’m going to wear. Sophie did prepared her make up so that Kirsten could do her eye make up after we come back. At 1 p.m. we had our appointment and Sophie started. During that time Susan helped me with my nails. I chose a blue color for my nails. After Sophie finished it was my turn and Sophie got some sandwiches for us. We had a lot of fun there. We were in Troy and there were also other girls that had Homecoming that day. We talked a lot with them.

Here you can see how my hair looked like:

After that we drove home and I prepared my make up while Kirsten was doing Sophie’s. She finished Sophie’s make up and then it was my turn. She did a good job.

Usually you meet with some friends (or your date) to take some pictures at a special location but we didn’t have time for that so we took pictures in front of our house.

Here is one of it:

After taking the pictures some of our friends arrived at our home. They looked beautiful! So we had dinner all together. We had a tent in the back yard where we could all sit together. Everybody brought some food to eat and it was delicious. Before we left we played a game all together and that was fun too. We all drove to the school and there was already a long line. So we were standing there for a few minutes and took again some pictures:

The dance place was in the gym and the room was dark when we entered. The DJ was playing nice music and we all started to dance. We danced a lot that evening. I had to take my high heels off after 30 minutes. We danced in big groups and also got some opportunities to dance with a partner. I had a slow dance with a boy and I will never forget that even though it was just for a few seconds. I met a lot of friends and they all looked great! The time was over so fast what made me really sad. After the dance I had to stay a bit longer because Sophie had to help to clean up. Sarah invited us to her house so we changed our clothes and stayed for a bit at her house. We had a bonfire, danced and laughed a lot. I met a lot of people that are now good friends. It was a very fun evening and as I said I really miss it. I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to spend that day with my friends.

Homecoming Week

We had Homecoming week from 09/11 until 09/15. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t know that they do that before Homecoming. In Germany it is like “Motto-Woche” but the whole school is participating. Also the elementary school is dressing up even though they don’t have the Homecoming dance.

On Monday it was Blue-White-Red Day. I was wearing a white blouse, blue jeans and my red necklace. Nothing special. Our French teacher took a picture from us because those are also the colors from France.

Tuesday was Hat-Day. That was a lot of fun because my Microsoft Office teacher gave me a hat I can wear. It was a parrot so my friends were laughing at me. However they were proud that I was wearing it. I always took it off when I was walking through the hallway.

( I’m sorry that I can’t turn the picture)

I had to dress up like in the 50s on Wednesday. It took me so long to find out what I could do to look like in the 50s. I had nothing special to wear for that day but I tried to do my hair like in the 50s. I had like a “roll” on my head, with a bandanna and I tied my hair back. I’m going to post a picture how it looked like but not from me because mine didn’t look that good. (If you want to have a picture from me you can text me and maybe I’m going to send it to you.)

On Thursday I was wearing a grey “Junior”-shirt. I bought it here from my school. Each grade had a color to wear and each grade designed a shirt they can wear on that day. I’m so proud of my shirt and it just looks amazing.

Friday was the last dress up day. It was Green-White day. I was just wearing my green spirit T-shirt.

During the week there were a lot of Homecoming activities after school but I wasn’t able to go to them because I had soccer practice. However our coach cancelled practice on Thursday because that was a special day. We had the Homecoming Parade and the powder-puff game.

The Parade was before the game. Every Grade had like a car they decorated. I don’t really know Juniors and my friends are mostly Sophomores and Seniors, so I was walking with the Sophomores because it was the last parade from the Seniors, so it was more special for them. We were having music and were walking through Greenville to our school. We were screaming thinks like “We got spirit, yes we do. We got spirit, how about you?”, “I believe that we will win”, “Beat the Freshmen” and “We got spirit. Yeah! We got spirit. Yeah! We got whop-whop-whop-whop…”. It was soooo funny!

After the parade we were at the gym and sang spirit-songs. After that we were watching the powder-puff game. It is football but girls are playing it. Senior girls vs. Junior girls and Sophomore girls vs. Freshmen girls. Junior and Sophomores won.

On Friday we had Pep-Assembly. I was sitting with the Seniors and we were playing with balloons and so on. The Homecoming Court had to play a game and teachers got cake in their face. Everybody was screaming and the cheerleaders were dancing. I had a lot of fun During that week.

 

Church

Everyday Sunday I have to go to church with my host family. In this blog post I would like to share how church is like.

Probably most of you can’t imagine how it is. I mean, before I went to church I thought I can imagine how it is but I couldn’t. It’s not how I thought it is going to be.

I have to wake up at 8 a.m in the morning to prepare myself and eat breakfast. My parents in Germany are probably very proud because usually I sleep until 11 a.m Sundays. At 9 o’clock we drive to our church. Sometimes all together and there are days were we drive without Sophie because she has to be at church earlier. That’s when she has to play piano. At 9:15 a.m “school” starts. I call like that. In this 45 minutes we learn more about the bible. We read a lot and talk about the meaning. It’s like analyzing the bible. I’m always very tired and I usually don’t understand what they are talking about. I still try to pay attention.

After “school” we have like 30 minutes where Kirsten, Sophie and I get a snack, sit down and talk about everything that’s going on. Kirsten doesn’t go to the GHS so there is always a lot we have to talk about.

After that worship starts. We sing a lot of songs all together and then the pastor is talking about the bible. We have a sheet of paper where we have to fill in the blanks. The pastor uses PowerPoint what is really impressing haha. Before we finish we sing again songs.

Before leaving the church we try to say goodbye to everybody. My host family knows a lot of people that means we have more people have to say goodbye to.

Last week we had a picknick at church and that was awesome! It was nice to be with all together and we had a lot of fun. Also, Enric (Spanish exchange student) and his host brother Ben were there. The small kids were playing a lot of games and we were jamming inside. After that, we were singing songs with all the kids and adults. We had home made ice cream at the end. It was really good.

Even though I explained you what church is like I'[m not sure if you can imagine how it is. I think you have to experience by yourself. Also, every church is different.

First Day Of School

Today was my first day of school! I was so nervous. During the night I woke up like three times because I didn’t want to sleep in, even though I knew Sophie is going to wake me up and I had two alarms. I woke up at 6 a.m and took a shower while Sophie was putting on some make up. I already prepared my backpack, clothes and lunch in the evening so I wasn’t in a hurry. I ate cereals and Susan took a ‘First day of school picture’. We left the house at 7:25 a.m and Susan drove us to school. There were a lot of students when we arrived. Sophie walked with me to my homeroom and then I was alone. Then I realized I’m at my new high school and I have to talk to other people. I walked into that room and my teacher told me where I should sit down. There were already two girls and we introduced ourselves. After that we got some papers from our teacher and we had the opportunity to test our lockers. I had some problems but I figured it out. When homeroom finished I had to go to French. I already knew my teacher so I wasn’t afraid. Again we introduced ourselves (in French) and this was very funny. Also it was nice to meet Sophie. My next class was study hall where I prepared my blogpost because I had nothing else to do.

After study hall I had US history and I like my teacher. He was kind and I could understand most of it. Microsoft Office was my next class and I didn’t find the room… I had to ask somebody how I get there. The class was funny even though there are just freshmans’ but I think it’s going to be good. In MS Office I got very hungry and I was happy I had Lunch after the lesson. I sat next to Sarah (a friend from Sophie). After Lunch I had Trigonometry and it was difficult to understand because the teacher rushed trough it. I was happy when it was over and English started! I like my English teacher. He is very nice and also funny. We played like a small game where we had to stand up, stand in front of the class, tell your name and take a piece of paper where a question was written. He was like “Any volunteers?” And I don’t know why but I was a volunteer. So everybody was surprised and me too! I mean I hate to start something like this and I did it. Sophie was very proud 😀

Chemistry was my last class and when you know me… Yeah! I DIDN’T like it! Maybe I’m going to change the class but I’m not sure yet. I was so happy when school was over. I met Sophie in the hallway and we walked home. When we arrived I was tired that I took a nap. It was a good decision because we had soccer practice in the evening. Even though I wasn’t playing I didn’t want to fall asleep while I was watching. We arrived at 8:15 pm, prepared lunch for the next day, took a shower and went sleeping.

What a busy day!

PS: I’m sorry I posted this like 3 weeks after my first day of school, but I didn’t have time.

First Week

I can’t believe it! It’s one week ago I came to Ohio. I already love it here. It was a busy week for us and I met a lot of people. On Monday school starts and of course I am very excited but also I’m a bit scared. I just hope that I find all the rooms and so on.

I’m going to give you a quick summary of the week.

Sunday: I arrived at 11:30 in Dayton, Ohio and my host family picked me up. We went to … and ate lunch. After that we drove to my new home and there I prepared my room and so on. In the evening we went to the Fair (Blogpost is coming soon) and I met some friends from Sophie.

Monday: We went to my new High school and I met my Counselor and picked my classes (Blogpost is coming soon). After that we drove back home and had some fun at home. We watched a movie and played video games. It was the first time I played PlayStation and Sophie and I finished the game. We were really proud hahaha. Also I got massured at the wall so my name is at the wall in the kitchen.

Tuesday: Me and my siblings were playing Apple to Apple. It was really funny. Someone gets a card with a word and the others have to chose a word that fits to it. First it was a bit complicated but when you got it, it is easy.

Wednesday: As always we were home and did something together. Also I skyped with my parents. First everything was nice but then I started to cry but I feel better now. In the evening we went to a soccer game from Sophie and it was nice to watch them playing. After that we were at … and ordered a Pizza. I told them my name is Amy because Yari is to hard to spell and they were just locking at me like ”You don’t look like Amy” well… ”You don’t look like you can spell my name right” I love it here hahahaha.

Thursday: We went to my new High school and I had the chance to meet my new teachers and see where I have to go. I already like my teachers. They are very friendly and some of them are very funny. For example my US history teacher. He was repeating my name every time so he could remind it. I met him like three other times and he was always saying my name. Also I like my English teacher. He was like ”We’re going to learn a lot but I will take care that we all have fun”.

Friday: Today we were at home until lunch. After Lunch we went to the work from Susan. We helped her to cut out papers. Together we cut about 900 pieces. We had fun though. After that we walked home and it was nice! Yes, it was nice to walk. Some of you know why haha. Driving car is nice, but sometimes I just need to walk haha. (When you are reading this Gettingers… I love to drive car with you!) In the evening Sophie went to the Fair but I was to tired for it so I stayed home. The sister from Susan came over with her child and we had chinese food. It was really good. After that Susan, Lucy, Will and I watched a movie – Scooby Doo – Again we had a lot of fun.

Saturday: I woke up at 9 o’clock and we went to a soccer game from Sophie near Dayton. After that we drove to … where we went shopping for HOMECOMING!!! It was so cool! We were in two stores and in the first I didn’t find something I like so went went to the second one and there I tried a lot of dresses and it was like in all the movies. I tried them on and the girls (Susan, Sophie and Lucy) told me if they liked it or not. Of course I found a beautiful dress! After that we were in a store to buy a bracelet, earrings, a ring and a small -… For Lunch we ate salad and it was really tasty. At 4 o’clock we drove back home and I felt asleep in the car. In the evening we went to the Fair. One last time… We met another exchange student from Germany and we ate a lot.

Sunday: We went to the church. It’s different than in Germany. First I was a bit scared but it was nice. The people are very friendly. After that we went back home and had to clean up the house because exchange students and their Familys were coming over. We got an orientation from our local rep and after that we talked and so on. In the evening we went to the house from a spanish exchange student and ate dinner there with his host family. We had a lot of fun and the burgers were great! In the evening I prepared my Lunch for my first day of school.

As I told you, it was a busy week!

 

I did’t correct the text, if there are some mistakes, I’m sorry!

 

New York!

Hey guys!

I’ve been to NEW YORK CITY and that’s incredible. I mean New York is a huge and beautiful city. I always wanted to visit this city and I finally did. I arrived on August 16th and left August 20th. I spend 3 whole days in NY and walked a lot so I could see a lot of important places.

First of all you should know that this trip was part of my exchange year. Here my adventure began. I was with about 40 exchange students from my organization and we had a lot of fun. It was something else to travel with a group and visit a city so far away.

On the first day we had breakfast and drove with the subway to Times Square. It was sooo nice there. It was empty but this was better. There we had time to buy some stuff. After that we walked to the Grand Central Station and Rockefeller center. Rockefeller center was really nice because the weather was good so we had a great view. 

After that we had time for lunch where we had our first burger and we visited a church. Furthermore we had a lot of time in the Central Park and we walked through the Central Park to our hostel. We made about 24.000 steps that day. Incredible!

The second day it was raining sooo much. It made me really angry but it was part of it. So we left the hostel a bit later than we planed it. Again we drove with the subway but downtown. That day we were visiting the Statue of Liberty. To be honest it was a bit boring, but it was necessary to visit the island! After that we were at the Wall Street and we visited the 9/11 memorial. It was kinda weird to see how so many people are standing in front of the memorial, smiling while they were taking photos … After that we saw the World Trade Center.

The third day we drove to the Brooklyn Bridge. This was my favorite place. I always wanted to visit it and I finally did. We walked over it and of course we took a lot of photos. It was sooo hot and totally full but I liked to walk over it. After that we visited the Chelsea Market, where we could have lunch. There I called my parents and it was really nice to talk to them. Furthermore we decided if we want to go to a museum or go shopping. Even though I wasn’t able to buy a lot of things because my baggage was completely full, I decided to go shopping. Before we went shopping we walked over the High Line. It’s an old railroad and they changed it to a park. It’s about 2 km long and we didn’t know that … We walked very fast through it because we didn’t see others from our group and we thought we were the last … Actually we were the first. After we finished that we walked to macy’s where we had 2 hours for shopping. We just bought food and hung out hahaha.

At the end of the day we had to pack but we were afraid our baggage was going to be to heavy so we just went down and played Billard. We had a lot of fun.

The next day we had to wake up at 4 a.m and leave the hostel at 5 a.m. I checked-in and spent 4 hours at the airport. The first 2 hours I had Leon by my side and after he left I just hung out. My flight went at 10 a.m and it just took me 1 and a half hours to get to Greenville, Ohio.

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost!

Leaving Germany

Where is the time?
Tomorrow I’m going to fly to the US… Tomorrow!!!
I still remember how I was saying to my friends ”We have 2 months until I leave, we have a lot of time to have fun” and now???
Now I already said goodbye to the majority of my friends… I had a lot of fun the last few weeks, I had to cry a lot the last few weeks, I had some ‘panic attacks’ the last few weeks but this is part of my exchange year. To be honest it would be boring if this doesn’t happen.

I’m soooo motivated! To talk English all the time, to have fun in New York with my friends, to meet my lovely host family, to go to high school and to meet new people… Awesome!

There are so many things I’d like to write about but then I have the feeling that it’s unnecessary … I mean you can all imagine that I can’t sleep well and eat because I’m so nervous. You can all imagine I had some problems with packing my luggage. You can all imagine that I don’t know how to feel. I mean I’m just leaving for about ten months but I think when I come back a lot of things are going to be different. I AM GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. Even though everybody is telling me ‘Stay how you are’. i can’t. It’s the truth but again: It is part of an exchange year. It maybe sounds like I’m sad when I talk about that but I’m not. I fought 3 years to get the chance of an exchange year. It has been my dream for such a long time so I am very happy and proud that I can do it! THANK YOU to my parents that gave me that chance. I know you are reading that right know so… I love you!

I think this was enough. Just a small message to my german friends: Thanks for the last few weeks. I had a great time and realized that I can be happy to say that you guys are my friends. I’m going to miss you!

We see each others next year! 

 

 

 

My Favorite Award

Hey guys! I got nominated from my friend Marie (YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB1YJkirWC0) to do this post where I answer 10 questions from her and after that I nominate other people and ask them 10 question. I hope you like it 😀

1. What do you want to do during your exchange year?

During my exchange year I would like to watch a baseball game, because this sport is very popular in Venezuela and I tried to play it in Germany, but I didn’t understand it. I hope I will understand it by watching it 😀

2. Did you already get your host family? If yes, do you have contact?

Yes, I got my family already! First we wrote email and we did skype, but now my host mom got WhatsApp, so we often write and send pictures. Also, I have a lot of contact with my host sister on Snapchat (we already got streaks). I’m so happy about social media. Without them it would be more difficult to get in contact.

3. If you have to decide for one store, where you buy everything, which one would it be?

I would take TARGET! I know that my family members in the US will laughER at me 😀 I try to explain why… My favorite youtuber is Lizza Koshy. She made videos in Target and they are so funny. That’s why my goal was to visit TARGET in the US and I did it! Of course the store isn’t that special, but I have the feeling that we are connected 😛

4. Which stores are you looking forward to? Do you have them in your city?

I’m looking forward to Sephora. I love makeup and this store is very popular. I know it is expensive but we don’t have Sephora in Germany. Also, I’m interested in Urban Outfitters. This store is amazing! I don’t have this stores in Greenville, but no problem 😉

5. Which one is your favorite team?

I don’t have a favorite team to be honest. The only ones I ”know” are New York Yankees and Chicago Bulls. I just watch German soccer and I think that’s why I don’t have a favorite team in the US… I’m sorry! 😀

6. Which one is your favorite city?

I think Seattle. The books I’ve read in the last few years were all playing in Seattle and I feel a bit connected to the city. I also like Santa Monica and of course Atlanta. It was a great experience for me in Atlanta and family members are living there so I’ll always feel connected to Atlanta 🙂

7. American Football vs. Soccer?

Definitely Soccer. I’m sorry America, but my heart belongs to soccer! Always when I watch important games e.g. World Cup I feel like the are no problems anymore, we are one big family and just focus on football. I think in America it’s the same with football but I just know the spirit of soccer.

8. What are you going to miss a lot from Germany?

I’m going to miss my little sister. She is the most important person in my life and I already know that it will be a difficult time for us two. Of course I’m going to miss my parents too, but Emily doesn’t understand why I’m leaving for one year and this is the problem but to be honest. It’s worth it because of the experience.

9. What are you looking forward to most in the US?

Of course my host family. They are the most important thing in the US. I’m going to live 10 months in their house and hopefully I’ll become part of their family. Every day I get more excited to meet them. Especially when I write with them and I think that we’ll spend a great time together.

10. Which one is your favorite city/country you’ve visited already?

Eeeh…. I don’t know. I liked Singapore, Mauritius, Boa Vista and Mallorca. I found a lot of friends in Mallorca and it was a great time. In Mauritius too! I will never forget the time I spend there with my friends and the landscape is amazing. Singapore is just an incredible city! It’s so big and different than the other cities I visited. Boa vista is just a great Island to relax and spend beautiful holidays at the beach.

 

My questions are:

1. Which subjects would you like to try out in the US?

2. What is your motivation to make an exchange year?

3. What do you think about the school system in comparison to the German one?

4. Are you afraid of something?

5. To which red-letter day are you looking forward?

6. Is there anything you liked to change during your exchange year? (e.g. hair)

7. How are you preparing yourself?

8. Is there anything you HAVE TO take with you?

9. Do you have a favorite state?

10. Which fast food restaurants do you want to visit?

I nominate all who would like to do it 🙂

I hope you liked it and learned a little bit more 😀

 

My Application

A friend asked me if I could write an entry about my application and of course I can.

First of all, my organization is “into” and I’m very happy! Nowadays there are a lot of organization but everyone should decide which organization is the best for you. For me it was “into”. They have a great program e.g. they have a weekend where they prepare exchange students and there you can learn more about other students. Also, there is an orientation camp in New York and that’s great! So I was on their website and I saw that you can apply there. It was just a short application where you just had to write some basic information (name, number etc.). After that I got a call from a friendly woman who is working for “into” and she invited me for a meeting with my parents. I think this was in October or something like that. This was something I liked a lot, because I felt like they want to explain me everything in detail about my exchange year and that I’m not just a customer.
We met in an office and she explained me how the application will be, what is important to know for making an exchange year and I was able to ask a lot of questions. Also, she also interviewed me in English but that wasn’t a problem. After that we got one month to fill in the application. I had to write a letter to my host family, upload pictures, upload other important documents etc. It was an online application and everything was explained very good. It took a lot of time but it was worth it. I finished it on the 28th of November with my application. This is why I could choose a region where I want to get a family and I decide to choose northeast. After that I had to wait. After some days Into send me an email that they received my papers and everything was fine. After that I had to wait, wait and wait…
Wait for what? My host family! A lot of exchange students get their host family shortly before they fly, but I had a lot of luck and already got my family on the 2nd of April.

Hope the information help some of you 🙂

Welcome!

Welcome to my blog.

I try to upload as often I can and I’m making a blog because I want my family and friends to know what I’m doing in the US and how I am feeling. Also, I am writing my blog in english because I’d like to see how my english skills are going to improve after one year and because my host family should be able to read my blog. Please don’t judge me 😛