As you know I'm 80% sure I will go to the first camp which starts on the 19th July. Time flew so fast, now there are just 99 days left before leaving Germany and starting my exchange year. I still remember how it all started:

In summer 2015 a friend of me started her exchange year with EF in Galway, Ireland. She posted a picture on Instagram with all the people she met in the camp in Dublin with the caption: "Probably two of the best weeks of my life...and this is only the beginning...đź’—" I thought about doing an exchange year earlier but I always saw it as a crazy thought of mine. But when she posted this picture I suddenly wanted to also do it even more than before but I wasn't sure if it was just a phase. It wasn't. After one week I still had the wish to do an exchange year so I asked my parents. They immediately said yes and I was so happy about it! I looked for organizations and the one I liked the most was EF. So I went to an information meeting with my dad and after this I knew that I wanted to go with EF. My parents were not sure first because they read some bad reviews about EF but I didn't care about them because they are existing about every organization. So I called EF a couple days later and asked for an interview. They told me I need to wait because it was the interview time for the 2016/17 students. So I waited and waited and waited and waited till I FINALLY got my interview date. I had my it on the 25th June 2016, almost one year after I decided do go on an exchange with EF and on the 27th EF told me that I got accepted!!! That was one of the greatest moment in my life, I was so afraid that my grades might not be good enough or my English too bad but it wasn't! So I started filling out my application and I was done with it at the end of August. Since then I was waiting to get a host family and I finally got one in January 2017. I'm chatting a lot with them and they are so nice and so awesome, I feel like I'm already a part of their family without knowing them in person.

During all this time I was chatting with other EF exchange students from all over the world and I made some really good friends. 

Between my decision to do an exchange year and now are 598 days. 598 days of doubting if I really wanna do this, if I'm really brave enough. 598 days of being afraid of everything that waits for me in the US. 598 days of already crying because I'm going to have to say goodbye to my friends, my family and everything I know in a few weeks. 598 days of being excited as hell and 598 of being happy af about making this decision.


99 DAYS LEFT

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​I'm a 15 years old girl from Germany and I'm going to spend my exchange year in the United States of America. My organization is EF - Education first. I'm really happy that I decided to go with EF, they help me whenever I need help and they always answer me any questions. 

I'm hopefully going to leave Germany on the 19th July 2017 and after 10 days in the Culture Camp I will fly from New York to my host family to Gloucester, Virginia. 

I first wanted to spend my exchange year in the United Kingdom but I need to be 16 years old when I leave and I will be 15 years old then, so too young. But it's not that bad that I can't go to the UK because I also always wanted to live in America because of all these movies like High School Musical haha. So I took the chance and decided to do an exchange year there and so far it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I already met so many amazing people because of this Exchange year and I'm so much looking forward to go to school there and meet new people.

I'm doing this blog to update my friends and family back in Germany and I'm going to write in English that my international friends also can read what's going on in my exchange year. 

I'm going to try updating when I'm in the US at least once a month maybe twice or also three times, that depends on what happens there and how much time I will have. Until then I won't post so much because there's nothing really exciting stuff I can post about.

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