The first day was travel day!, first to Brussels and then to JFK, NY. When we finally arrived at the airport we were greeted by a lot of energetic ambassadors who cheered and it was amazing that we finally had arrived but we were all incredibly tired, so after a 3 hour bus ride to the beautiful Muhlenberg College in Pensylvania and some Food, I fell asleep immediately!
The second day of the camp started out that we had a "nation parade" where everyone from the different countries walked in a long parade and cheered for their country. We then went into the large cafeteria and were divided into our so-called 'homerooms', which were the classes we would have the different classes with. In addition, we were also divided into highschools, which in the recent days competed against each other in various competitions and tournaments. After dinner we should have had something called Amazing Race, but it was replaced with a movie, because a thunderstorm was ahead of us.
Day # 2 was about having classes that addressed the livestyle of an exchange student in the United States and how to tackle different situations that you meet. Before and after dinner we did activities where I had chosen zumba and softball. After that we made a Peprally, which is where you have a lot of cheers and then every highschool cheer for themselves and the high school that had the best cheers and screamed the loudest won. And my highschool won, GO PENGUINS!!
Saturday we had classes again, and we signed up for acticities, where I did American Football and art. Art was after dinner, and when we had to go back from art, it was pouring rain. the house where we were, was kinda far from the main house, so luckily some of the staff members, came in cars to pick us up, but most of the people had to run, and everybody was soaking wet. In the main house, we had a game night, where the high schools compeeted against each other again. we did all sorts of challenges, and it was super fun!
This day was the trip to NYC! In our homeroom we had planned what we wanted to see, sp we started out with driving from Muhlenberg at 6am to New Jersey. We took the ferry to The statue and liberty, where we took tons of photos and just explored. Then we sailed further over to Manhattan and walked to Ground Zero. It was super beautiful, but also very sentimental. We walked over to a subway station, and that took us to Central Park, where we has an hour to explore. My group decided to go to Starbucks, and see some of the stores on Fifth Avenue. After that, we walked to the Rocker Feller Center, went to the top, and after that we saw Grand Central Station and had cupcakes at Magnolia bakery. Lastly we walked to Times Square, and then took the busses back home. So it was a great, but long day in New York.
Monday, I was super tired, but an amazing day was still ahead of us. We ate breakfast and had classes as usual, and what was one of the best thing about camp, was when music would play all over the cafeteria and the ambassadors would make up a huge dance. I think YMCA, party in USA and don't stop believing was played probably a hundred times, haha. We also had a prom the last day and so many people did creative promposals, which was super fun! In the evening we had a volleyball tournament, where the high schools competed against each other. I was on the team and we won two and lost one.
The 25th of July
On Tuesday we had the usual classes and we had to eat dinner early because we were going to a baseball game! On the way there we rode school buses for the first time, and I must admit they're kinda overrated, but it was still really fun. At the baseball game, we had learned the song "take me out to the ballgame" and it was awesome to feel the American culture, while being surrounded by friends from all over the world. And even though the home team didn't win, it was still such a good experience.
The 26th of July.
Wednesday the trip went to Dorney park which is an amusement park about 15min from the campus. We basically just ran around trying roller coasters and they had an awesome water park too, but the lines were pretty long though. That night we had something called a state dinner, which was where you sat and ate dinner with everyone who was going to the same state as you. I had all ready met some of the people going to Alabama but it was really funny to meet and talk to everyone going the same place as me. After that we had volleyball finals and penguins (my high school) played in the finals and came second!
Thursday was just a very regular day, it was the last day with classes. We also made a drone video with everybody in it. We shaped and EF, a smiley and a heart! We had activities and in the evening everybody had a meeting, where we got information about our departure. After that we went to our rooms and we had to pack, but we went outside instead and just had a fun time, at the last night.
I had no idea that the camp would have gone by that fast! The last day was really sentimental. But in our home room we checked in to our flights and after that we went outside to the graduation. It was really nice and we got a diploma for completing the camp. We had to pack before lunch, and after that we went to a talent show, where the exchange students showed off some amazing skills. From singing and playing instruments to dancing. And everybody was so talented! The teachers and the ambassadors also did a performance and we finally got to know their nationalities! In the evening we had prom which was really fun but also really sad. We danced and took pictures, but also played some basketball including lying on the floor in the middle of the court. I was on one of the first busses, so I didn't get to go to bed, but instead I stayed up and saying goodbye was really hard. Mostly because you don't expect to bond so much with people in just 10 days, but you really do. I've met people that I will never forget and going off to 10 months in the states doesn't seem so terrifying anymore, with new friends all over the country, that is experiencing the same thing. My plane left at 6am from Newark airport, and by 11am I was with my hostfamily! It's great here, but not a single day goes by without me missing it like crazy. Camp was absolutely the best decision ever, and if you are a new student, who is traveling with EF and is considering camp, then do it. I promise that you will not regret it!!