#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.


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.

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