May 14th I graduated from Hastings High school and it was about 85 degrees outside. As you have probably seen in movies we wore a cap and gown with our tassel on the right side because you put it on the left when you are done. So we started of by getting ready and then went to my high school early to get seats. We students, meet in the other gym to prepare and take a lot of pictures! We all were standing in a alphabetical line to walk in to the other gym where is was full! It was tons of people standing there cheering, taking pictures etc. So we walked in and I sat almost in the end on the left side.

The ceremony didn't take long at all and they started by some student making speeches. Our principal also spoke and after that the began to hand out all of our diplomas. By being about 230 student graduating you can believe it took a while. After we all were done we took even more picture and then me and my family went out to eat! The day was amazing and later that night we had a post party!🎉🎓🎓🎓❤️❤️❤️

Gonna miss this school so much!😍💕❤️❤️

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Here is some pictures from our trip to California! We first started of by spending one night in Omaha and then took an early flight from there to San Fransisco. From there we took our next flight to LA! I was super excited to go there and it was amazing. We stayed at a Airbnb which worked out really well and it was about an hour to LA from there. We lived at a place called Chino Hills which was super nice. During our days we did a lot of activities like going to Santa Monica pier, Venice beach, Hollywood and much more! Something different we also did was to go and see the Queen Mary which is a museum and it was super cool to see what it looked like. Our second day we also went to see the Hollywood sign which I was most excited about. We took a lot of pictures and had a great trip! On the last day of our trip, on Saturday we had a family reunion and we got to see a lot of people! We stayed there almost the whole day but before we got there me and Taylor also went to Ikea!

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Yesterday we had our prom night at Hastings high and the night was magical!✨✨
I first got picked up by my date and we went to a restaurant downtown to take pictures with Kathrine and her date. We took a lot of beautiful picture, too bad we couldn't take them outside because it was raining the whole day. But we still had an amazing night. After pictures we went to a restaurants called Napoli's and ate really good Italian food!🍝🍕

After dinner our dance started at 8 so we went there after and were dancing the whole. Our theme was masquerade so we had masks🎭🎭
We took a lot of pictures inside too was all of our friends! Then we danced and later they announced the prom king and queen!👑👑
The whole night amazing and we were hanging and had fun until pretty late. 😄😄🎉🎉

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So this friday it was my birthday and it was the first time ever I celebrated it abroad and in the US! I first went to school that day and got a lot of congratulations. Also I had a short day so it wasn't to bad. Later that day I got home from school and had gotten balloons, a card and a present from Peg and Stu. I wanted to open it when we all where home but me and Peg went out around 3.30 to pick up drew at school.

After we picked her up we went to a flower store to fix the flower to my prom date. Usually the guy fixes a flower to the girl that she can wear around her wrist and the girls buys a flower for him on his shirt! So I got a pink one for him so he would match my dress!

After the shopping we went home and I open my present! I got a pair of earrings and a bracelet. Then we went out to eat supper at Red Lobster who has really good seafood!🍝🍤🦀🐟

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Yesterday after school we got ready for our last game with Hastings Tigers where we were going to meet Kearney and play at the college. Just because it was senior night I started off playing because I'm a senior and we won the game by 2-0! It was an intense game but we are a great team and ended this seasons great. After our game the boys were gonna play but before we had our senior which means all senior walk out on the field with their parents and gets a rose. 🌹🌹

It was a great night but also cold! It been getting colder here in Hastings but hopefully it will get warm again. The weather here can change quickly! ☀️☁️🌧🌦

It's been a great time playing with Hastings and here is some photos of me playing in both varsity and JV #28 ⚽️⚽️
Also I bought a pair of new Nike shoes that are so comfortable!❤️👌🏼👟👟

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This week has been pretty busy and the next couple of weeks will even be more busy! First we have had a couple of games lately. We went to Grand Island to play and I played both Varsitys and JV's game! We won both of them and I scored once! ⚽️⚽️ after a lot of soccer we have had beautiful weather here in Hastings so we have just been hanging out and been eating ice cream! Also we were of Monday this week because of spring break and on Wednesday because of ACT. So me and Kathrine have had some days just to relax and to hang out instead of school.

Now this week that is coming up we have two games left and then it is senior night on Tuesday. Also this week we have spirit week for prom which is this weekend so that will be fun! 💕

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This weekend has gone by fast even if we had a four day weekend because of spring break. But I've had a lot of time and done a lot of fun stuff. First we had a couple of games during the week and it's going very well for my team because we have won all of them! Also I made my first goal in my high school season and scored on both of our games!⚽️⚽️ As you can see on the first picture, something that is very different from playing in Sweden is that sometimes we pray together with the team we meet after the game to just wish for good health and thank for us being able to play. I think this is so inspiring and cool because I have never experienced that before❤️❤️

Also we celebrated Easter and we colored eggs during the morning and I also got some candy from Peg and Stu!🍭🍫 during Sunday we spent the day to fix up all the foods and desserts because we had guests coming over. Before 6 pm me and Kathrine also hung out and we played some golf. We went to one of the golf course here and just tried it. I was also able to drive one of the golf cars which was so much fun!😂

So I have had an amazing spring break and Easter celebration with amazing weather and fun activities!😄❤️💗

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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. ❤

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This week have been pretty busy so far. We have had soccer games on Monday and Tuesday and there is three more to go this week! But it makes the day more fun and gives us an opportunity to get to know each other even more! Also the first two games this week we have won so there is a lot of team bonding. Otherwise I've had some stuff in school but not too much, this week we are off on Friday for spring break which is going to be so nice! Next week we also just have three days of school so it will give me some time to also rest a little bit just because soccer is almost everyday. It feels good that we have practice everyday so I also workout but your body gets tired after a while.

The time is still going fast and soon it's my 19th birthday! I'm kind of excited but at the same time not. It doesn't feel very much of a difference now and I feel like I rather spend my birthday with friends and family. But hopefully we will do something fun!😄🎉

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This weekend has been pretty chill so far, this Saturday I didn't do very much except hanging out with Kathrine and her family. We spend the hot day with driving around in town. Then we were at her place and we played soccer etc. It was super hot that day, around 75-80 degrees so we made some good food for supper and we ate together with her hostfamily. After supper we hung out again outside because it was still so hot. Later her mom and her cousin were going home to their hotel so I went home too after a while.

Today is Sunday and I don't have very much planned yet. We are might gonna go and watch a movie but first I'm gonna call my mom. It's only about 4 weeks until my family gets her and I'm so excited! 💕❤️❤️💗💗

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