#3 HOWDY AMERICA! // My exchange year in the USA

Howdy Y’all,

this is only my third post and I am already late. Sorry guys! I have been busy there past few weeks ever since I arrived in the land of the free. After a 16 hour travel I arrived safely in Houston, Texas. My host dad and two of my eight siblings waited for me with a big sign saying “ WELCOME SAMIRA!“. You can just imagine how relieved I was finally seeing their faces. After an H O U R of thinking my suitcase has gone lost a staff member of the airport told me that because of the delay of my flight my suitcase already arrived with the earlier flight. PHEW!

The very first thing I noticed about America was that everything is bigger here. The cars, the houses and especially the food.

THE ARRIVAL AT HOME ( usa)

Arriving at my new home was pretty exciting. I had all these thoughts in my mind like „what if they don’t like me?“ or „What if it is going to be weird here?“, but as soon as I entered the door and they greeted me like a long lost daughter every doubt was completely gone. That was the night I tried „French Toast with Maple Syrup“ for the very first time.

The next day we all headed to church because it was Sunday. Back in Germany I never really went to church regularly so I was kind of afraid that church here would be the same boring procedure as in Germany, but to my surprise that was/is not the case at all! It is way more fun and I enjoy every Sunday. Pretty much every Sunday we have friends over for dinner which is pretty awesome.

That Friday I started Band Camp at my High School and it was really intense. We learned the fundamentals of marching! If you have the chance then join the band at your High School it is really fun! 10/10 recommend haha.

Saturday evening there was a dance which was hosted  by the church especially for the youth in our stake… the STAKE DANCE. I met so many people and some of them are my best friends now. 

The following three weeks consisted of my two sisters and me going to Band Camp every day except for Saturday and Sunday.

And here are the most frequently asked questions I got:

3rd place: „What is Germany like?“

2nd place: “ Do you guys have toilet flushes?“ ( I am NOT kidding!!)

1st place: „Can you speak German?“ ( no we just jodel if we want something in GERMANY) 

Anyway. School started on Monday and it was very exciting an d nerve wrecking to be honest. So many schedule changes!!!!!

My classes are: English 3, Algebra 2, Choir 3, Band 3, Aquatic Science, World History and Spanish 2.

Well… Now I am sitting here typing this whereas outside the town gets flooded and everything kind of just looks like a big lake. It is not fun but we are alright and our house is not flooded right now. Let’s hope it stays that way. 

I love every second here and hope you guys are alright.

See ya later y’all 

Samira 

Orientation days in Cologne

Howdy Y’all and welcome back to my blog!

Well, well, well how times flies by these past few months. I can’t believe that in exactly 12 days I’ll leave Germany for 10 months. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

But this post is not about the whole emotional roller coaster I’ve been going through that’s a different topic which is in planning to be a blog post and I promise it will be up in a few hours or days. No this one is about the wonderful time I spent in Cologne at the Orientation days.

May 27th marked the day I met my friends I got to know during the „Stipendienauswahltag“ again. Ayusa-Intrax planned a whole weekend for us exchange students to discuss some important topics, such as how to behave in the foreign country. We worked in groups which had the benefit of meeting new people. 

If you want to get some impressions you should check out my Youtube Video which is a Follow Me Around (: . 

https://youtu.be/usSBn6lOQ8Y

I loved the weekend and I want to thank Ayusa-Intrax once again to give me the opportunity to make my dream come true!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!

Sooo, thank you for following my journey and Howdy Y’all see you soon. (: 

 

 

#1 Howdy Y’all! // My exchange year USA

Howdy guys and welcome to my very own blog about my exchange year!

Let me tell you friends, if someone had  told me last year, that I would spend my 12th school year in the United States I would just have laughed it off in disbelief. But here I am. Samira, seventeen years old and still in disbelief that I got chosen for the DFH scholarship. If you personally know me this will not be news to you. If you are, well then this is my story about how I fell in love with the English language and the United states of America!

First things first: It all kind of started with music. My mum told me that I learned how to speak by singing. And YES I was that kid which sung while sitting on the toilet. Don’t judge, I bet you did once too. The thing was, I never really chose german songs ( that would have been too mainstream obviously, haha). No, little Samira loved the ones in an oh so different language which she barely understood back then. I remember sitting outside on our balcony with my mum. She taught me the colors and I asked her what they were called in that funny language the people on the radio sang.

RED AND YELLOW AND PINK AND GREEN, ORANGE AND PURPLE AND BLUE. CAN YOU SEE THE RAINBOW SEE THE RAINBOW SEE THE RAINBOW TOO?

Yep, I felt like a genius knowing the colors of the rainbow in a different language.

In elementary school my favourite subject was English and whenever my teacher took out that lilac dragon called Nelly my face looked legit like that heart-eyed emoji. When others struggled with the grammar or the vocabulary I was the one to ask, it still is like that though. Soon enough I was known as the English nerd and I was okay with it. If you are called a nerd for being good at something then that is totally okay, don’t you think?

When I was about nine I found out about the great country that is America(no pun intended (; )

I started to get as much information about anything you could think of. Then the High School Musical movies made their debut and that was when I promised myself, that I want to visit the States and spend a High School year there. Literally everything about the American culture, the language etc made me excited.

At some point I was brought back to reality, when I realised how much money I would need to make my dream come true. My parents always tried to make anything happen, but as you know: money does not grow on trees ( well paper does, kind of, but let’s just focus on the real deal). When my parents got divorced I realized that this would also be the end of the “ Living da life in an American High Shool for a year“ era.

My mum encouraged me to apply for scholarships and I did. I tried but always ended up getting rejected for 3 years straight. I decided to give it a last shot without any hope left.

BUT THEN! In October 2016 I finally received an E-Mail by Ayusa-Intrax. They told me that I am now in a selection procedure. ( I will tell you more about the whole selection next time)

I COMPLETLY freaked out in excitement!! Almost dropped my phone. *PHEW*

Well and now I am officially an exchange student. From July on Texas will be my new second home. I am excited about the memories I will make with my host family.

 

I hope you will join me on my journey. I’ll see you next time, but until then HOWDY Y’ALL.

Yours Samira.