What is your name, age, nationality and company?
My name is Chanel, I'm soon 19 years old, I'm Swedish and I'm traveling with EF (education first)
Where are you living your exchange year?
I'm living in Nebraska, United States.
Why did you decide to be an exchange student?
I've always wanted to live in the U.S since I was a kid and after watching all of these movies with high school, school busses and much more you get so interested of going there. I also had a friend that was on an exchange year too and he just told me that ''You have to go, it will be the best time of your life!''
What did you think when you first stepped out of the plane?
I had a million thought in my mind about what my host family was gonna look like, are they having a sign? should I hug them? Will it be awkward? etc. I was very tired but also excited that I was finally there and was so thankful for what I had in front of me. It's going to feel super weird the first time you get there and you have no idea about how it will be but it's like a new world!
What is the weirdest thing you have tasted so far?
One thing that I ate the first time here and that is really typical american food is the corndog. I thought that the first bite I took was so chocking because the bread around it taste like donuts and then together with a hot dog which sounds really gross. But today I actually love the corndog and will probably miss it a lot 😂
Something else me and a friend tried was frozen coke! It's a drink that you can buy on like Mc Donalds but that drink is more like slush and ice. When I frist drank it it was a super weird taste and feeling, it was kind of bubbly but it was actually good!
Have you done anything so far that you never thought was possible?
I've been driving in American which I thought I would never be able to do. Because first of all I've just had my license for almost a year and then I was gonna go out in the big America to drive. It was first kind of nervous but after a while it was very easy and simple to drive here. Today i'm driving more than once a day and I'm almost ''too'' used to drive here that I probably forgot how it is to drive in Sweden 😂😱
Something else that I thought was gonna be hard for me was to actually talk to people I've never met and also in a different languages. It could be a little nervous the first time but I promise you that you will get used to it and soon start dreaming and thinking in English.
What has been the biggest challenge so far?
To live kind of by myself and without everyone at home like my friends and family. It is a big challenge when you get here because you are so excited and are doing so many fun things but at the same time you of course miss family and friends sometimes.
How do you like the school in your host country?
I love my school and I'm happy that I had the opportunity to be a TIGER this year and to spend my days in my school. My school is about 1000 student and we have so much school sprit and both teachers and student are amazing people! ❤🐯
How do people dress in your host country (in your opinion)?
I think that people where I live dress very comfortable, people in my age is almost always wearing workout clothes like NIKE running shoes, short and just a t-shirt. Otherwise if we dress up people are wearing really cute dresses with boots etc and more like a ''country style'' which I think is so fun!
If your exchange year was a song, what would it be?
It would be Rather Be- Clean bandit 🎶
How do you imagine the day you are going home?
I imagine is going to be a lot of tears but also joy. I'm gonna be excited and nervous but also sad of course. ❤