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Letter: Crailsheim exchange student readies for move to new host family

Hello Worthington!

It’s unbelievable how fast time goes by! Sitting here and writing my third letter is a bit crazy. Never would I have thought that my first three months would be over that fast. Thinking back to all the memories I’ve already made is just wonderful. And I also experienced so many new things during my third month.

In October we had an early school’s out on Wednesday the 17th and a long weekend, which lasted from Wednesday to Sunday. It was really nice having a little break since school is quite busy for me.

Luckily, I had some extra time to study and to prepare for the presentations I had to do. In Foods and Nutrition, I had to do my first ever presentation in front of the whole class since I am here! I have to admit I was a little nervous, but all my classmates are nice and my teacher is supportive, too. Because of that, it wasn’t that difficult anymore.

I also spent time with my friends during the break. We drove to Sioux Falls, went to the mall, ate at Buffalo Wild Wings (I fell in love with their chicken wings) and went to an escape room, too! This was so much fun! Although we were a quite big group of people, it took us a while to solve the problem. We only had two seconds left, but at the end we finished the mystery. I loved going there, and it was a good way to prepare myself for Halloween.

Because of being a member of NHS, we were able to go to Pioneer Village and carve pumpkins. That also helped getting ready for Halloween. And I enjoyed doing it with all the other members.

On the 31st of October it was Halloween, finally. I watched so many Halloween movies before and did so many things to get in the mood for Halloween. It happens that I live on Smith Avenue, and it was crazy! I’ve never in my life seen so many kids on Halloween. It was way better than in all the movies I’ve watched. I couldn’t help myself and went trick or treating on my own. We drove around the lake and stopped at many houses. I was so happy at the end of the day, and this was the best Halloween I’ve ever had so far.

For Foods and Nutrition, we also had to serve a guest meal in school. It was quite an experience doing that, but with the help of the other girls in my group we did a good job. It is a bit sad that I don’t have this class anymore because the second quarter already started. But I like my new classes, and it’s nice meeting more and more people.

Sadly, our last band trip took place in October. The overnight trip to Anoka was not only so much fun with my friends, but the parade itself was really nice. All the costumes looked awesome, and the atmosphere was amazing. It was a good end of the season for us because we won many trophies!

On the weekends, I spend a lot of time with my friends and we have movie nights or play games. It’s always fun being with them and just having a good time.

I not only met up with my new friends, but I spent time with one of my dad’s old host families and other friends I’ve known for a long time. It is just great being able to meet new people, but spending time with old friends also. I also was able to get to see some German faces in my last couple of weeks, which feels really good seeing people from my hometown.

Since November started and I am here for three months, it’s time to switch families soon. I had a dinner with potential host families, and I am so thankful for them. They all are really nice, and I am so glad to be able to choose between nice host families like that and so thankful for the committee for arranging that for me.

But so much more happened in November: We had our last show with the band in the school gym, and it was really cool with all the lights off and us wearing all the colorful glow sticks. I am still sad that marching season is over, and I will never be able to do this again. But on the other hand, I am just really thankful that I could be a part of it, and this makes me really happy.

I not only had to give a presentation in front of my class, but in front of the whole school! Although being used to giving speeches in front of my old whole school, this was something new. It was in English, and the school is bigger than my sweet little school in Germany. But I did it without making a mistake, and I am a bit proud of this — especially because it was for the Veterans Day, and I felt honored being able to be a part of this.

I also participated in the Banquet retreat in Sioux Falls. In ninth grade I did an internship at a Banquet in Germany, but doing this here was special for me. I was so glad I was able to help out and be a part of this because giving people something they can’t afford on their own and making their day better is just an awesome thing to do. It showed me again that life isn’t for granted, and I am so thankful for having so many different opportunities in life.

I also watched a volleyball game and a basketball game. It was pretty fun watching it, and it helped getting ready for my basketball season. I joined the girls basketball team, and I am more and more excited. Luckily, basketball is an indoor sport, because otherwise I would be freezing even more with all the snow and the cold temperatures.

I also was invited to an American confirmation, and I am still so thankful that I could be a part of it.

Experiencing things like this and comparing it to my confirmation in Germany is really what this exchange is about. I am so grateful for being here and having this opportunity to live a whole new life.