​Nothing much is currently happening right now about my exchange year. We've sent in my application a while ago and I guess that they've started looking for a host family for me. We have no idea when I will get my host family tough, it can be in one month, it can be in 6 months, or even more. I just hope I will get it fast because I really want to know where I'm going. 

Now on to something else, WE'RE GETTING AN EXCHANGE STUDENT!! From January to June we are going to have an exchange student here. When you apply for a exchange year you get the question if you want to become a host family from someone who wants to come to Sweden. We said we were interested and got a few applications. Finally we choose a girl in my age from Germany. Today my parents have been filling out smilar documents that I did, but with information about our family and our house. I don't know much about what is going to happen next except that a woman will come and see us to like check out our house and ask questions I guess. 

//Julia


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before departure

I have always loved movies and they have always inspired me. I mean if it was possible I would like to live in a movie but of course, it's not and I've just got to except that. I loved the idea of going to high school, especially after seeing High School Musical, and I wished that I had been born in the U.S so that I could attend High School. For maybe three or four years ago I realized that I could, and ever since I have wanted to become an exchange student. I talked about it with my friends and family but I don't think that they understood that I was serious. Maybe they thought that this just was something I wanted for the moment but didn't think that I, in the end, was gonna do it. But I was set on this and knew that I really wanted it. I did research and looked up different organizations. The organization I got the most interested in was STS.

A few months ago, in the middle of summer break, I saw that you finally could apply if you wanted leave summer 2018. I told my parents and they really understood how much I wanted this so I sent in an application. A few days after I got a call from STS and we booked in a Skype interview that I was gonna have with a student who just had returned from an exchange year. The interview was in English and I was really nervous. It went well though and afterwards my parents and I got to ask her about her year abroad and stuff like that. After maybe a week I got an email which told me that I've been accepted to their program. I got to fill in twelve different documents about myself, they literally wanted to know everything and more so they can find me a host family.

Right now I'm in the prosses of getting a new passport so I'll get home after my year abroad, since my passport will be too old. When that's done I think they're gonna start looking for a host family for me.

I'm so excited and I'm really looking forward to next year.

//Julia

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before departure

Hello!

My name is Julia and I am 15 years old. Next year I am going to leave Sweden for an exchange year in the US. I'm terrified but mostly excited. I really want to remember this experience in the future and that is why I created this blog, but also so I can update my friends and family back home. And yes, I'm writing in English because I know how annoying it is when you want to find just as much information as possible from other exchange students and then someone is writing or doing youtube videos in a lanuge you don't understand. And I just know that I really like reading about others experiences so why not write in english so people can read about mine. 

//Julia

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