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right now I'm sitting in Sociology and I've been thinking about how many days of school we have left. And guess what. 8 DAYS LEFT. I don't know, if I should whether cry or not, cause I really don't know how to feel about this. In Germany, I would've been happy to leave school as fast I possibly could and on a US High School?? I spend most of times in school. I've been here day and night and made my greatest memories under this roof and knowing, that I'm going to leave this school in 8 days is just surreal. I adore this school and it's school spirit and I love the people and I just don't wanna leave. Being here has been a dream and really. Who would've thought, that I would end up here in America and meet all these people and experience all this stuff??! I truly gonna miss this town, the school, the people and just the memories I made. And I probably said that a bizillion times already, but what can I say?? It's true and, if I could give this year a name, then I would call it "The year of first times". I experienced my first football game, the first time having school spirit, first time running marathons, riding these yellow school busses, that I actually only know from teen movies, my first time going to dances, first time shooting and so much more. This year taught me a lot about me. When you live 10 months in an another country, you face several of situations, that you're not used to and the way you handle them, tells a lot about you and you get to know, what you are interested in and see what you are passionate about and that is the great thing about going on an exchange. You not only get to know the culture and it's good and bad sides, but you get to know yourself. I truly loved the 10 months , that I spend here and and it's been the fastest, longest, craziest months of my short life. All I can say is, that I'm excited what else life throws at me and that life is there to be lived and really say YES to everything you're scared of. Except when it's drugs. Don't do drugs, but if learnt something here, then it's, that you learn the most when you're doing stuff, you're scared of. And you might've heard it a thousand times, but it's so true.

Bye,

Michelle

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Prom was yesterday and in the morning at 5:30 am I left on the bus for a swim meet and later got home and went shooting with friends and got ready at 6 pm at someone’s house. I would say, that Prom is basically like Homecoming and any other dance, just more formal and with long dresses and more slow songs. There was a photo booth too, which was pretty cool. The dance was from 8 to 11 and tbh I feel like Prom is overrated. Everyone is getting crazy about it, who’s asking who to Prom, or which dress to buy and in the end it’s just a dance like any other, just that people are more excited for it. It’s been fun anyways experiencing my first and last Prom in America.
Bye,
Michelle

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There was a swim meet on a Saturday in Henderson and after it my host family went out to eat at the Wynn Casino and the food was hecka good. Later on we walked around through Vegas at night and we almost saw Kylie Jenner, which I thought was kind of cool. At 9:30 we watched a show. It is called “Le Reve” and is a water show and it was literally the coolest thing. We were sitting in the very front row and it just looked amazing.
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Michelle

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Swim season just ended and it was mucho fun. It was tough, but being with the team is really fun. Each week we had a swim meet once and we all go through the same pain together and this is my last high school sport, that I’ll ever do too and this makes me sad! This means, I don’t get to ride the bus with the team ever again, never going to feel the nervousness before a game or event again and won’t be around awesome people as the ones I get to know again. High school sports has been a really big part of my exchange year and I wouldn’t change these experiences for a thing. All the people I’ve met and all the many laughters I had with the team are really priceless. Even though I sucked at the three sports, that I did here, the most important thing is, that I had fun. And I know, that this sounds so cheesy, but it really is. I’m going to miss High school sports and just the people, I got to be around with everyday after school.

Bye,
Michelle

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So I am kind of behind with writing down, what happened lately. Spring break took a week long and it was Fair and Rodeo week! It started on Thursday and went till Sunday. At the Fair you can ride rides and watch comedian, magician, hypnothist, bands perform on stage and it was mucho fun. At the fair is food too and no joke, fair food is the best. I loved it. On some days I volunteered for a few hours at the EF Booth and tried to get families to host exchange students.

The Rodeo started around 7ish and there cowboys are riding their horses and the horses try to knock their rider off their back and they did the same thing with bulls and steers and it was pretty interesting. Or they tie the lambs feet together as fast as they can and just do some “activities” with the animals and I’m not the biggest fan of seeing animals suffer, but oh well. I went watching the Rodeo on two nights and at daytime I was hanging out with friends and ride rides. My phone died a few times and I lost most of my pictures, which sucks, but what can I do. That didn’t stopped me from enjoying the Fair. And what was pretty interesting was, that people were showing their farm animals there too. So here where I live, is Agriculture and Farming well spreaded and here are lots of farmers and students own cows, steers, goats, pigs, etc. that they have to take care of. They feed them everyday and wash them and all the effort is there so they can show them at the fair. On Saturday was an auction and the people show their animals and there were judges, who say, how much this pig for example is worth. My host family bought a pig and the pig will go to the butcher and get killed, so we can eat it. Kind of weird to think about it and i'm so sorry for that animal, but that's what people do here. It's so funny to see people that I know from high school, walking their pigs lol. Oh and btw, I went up there at the Hypnothist show, but the hypnotizing thing didn’t worked on me, so he sent me back to the seats. I highly recommend to go to the fair, when yo in the US. I'm not sure, if they have such thing in America. It's pretty much like a festival, where you can ride rides.

Bye,
Michelle

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Death Valley was amazing. It’s on the border of California and it didn’t took too long to get there. Death Valley is a National Park and it is also known as the hottest place on earth, lowest point of North America. That place had lots of cool and unique stuff. I was there with other exchange students and we drove with the Van from place to place and the nature just looks so cool and it seems like every stop looks different. There were sand dunes, mountains, a surface covered with salt and in the very last stop we were on Dante’s View and from there we had such a pretty view over Death Valley and it just looked so pretty. We stayed over night and overall it was a successful trip.

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Dodgeball is in german “Völkerball” and people could group up in a group of 6 people 3 girls and 3 boys and play against the other teams. I grouped up with people and that’s been a fast game. I wasn’t even 4 seconds on the field and I was out and we played against like the most athletic people in school and lost. Then we were out. Everyone gets only one chance to play, so that was fun lol. We all walked home as a team to Wesleys to get a drink.

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Reverse

Reverse was a week ago and it has been interesting for sure. Reverse is like Sadie Hawkins and it’s basically like Homecoming. The only difference is, that you don’t have to wear fancy dresses and that the girls ask the boys on a date and not the boys ask the girls. And it is kind of a big thing here. But just here in this town they said lol. So the girls start thinking about Reverse like 2 months before and they have to call the boys’s parents first to reserve them. RESERVE and not REVERSE. I got hecka confused in the beginning, because people were talking about reverse and reserve and I was just like whaaaaaat. Anyways. Girls ask the parents, if we can take the boys out on the Reverse Date and then we RESERVE them. So if any other girl, asks the parents, if they can go out with that boy, the parents can say, that someone else asked that boy already. But the boys aren’t suppose to know about it. I hope it makes sense lol. Anyways. I reserved him. I called at his house and guess what… the boy who I asked picked up the phone. And srsly I feel like only these things happen to me, but that’s not the only the fail moment, that happened to me for Reverse. So he picked up the phone and I don’t think, that he recognized my voice and I asked, if I can talk to his mom and when I thought, that he already passed the phone, I said “Hello, this is Michelle”. But nope. Ethan (the boy) was still on the phone and that was hecka embarrassing lol. From that moment he knew, that I am asking his mom to go on a date with him. So that’s cool…… notttt….. I talked to his mom and she said, that it is fine. Reverse was on the March 3rd-4th is Reverse. So I got enough time to think about how to ask him on a creative way. I asked a month before Reverse and I created a playlist with songs, that we both like. Ethan and I have like the same music taste, which is hecka cool and out of these songs I highlighted the letters, that form the questions “Do u want 2 go to rvrse w me?” and I made the CD cover pretty. When I was done with the CD, my host mom drove me to his house and I dropped it off on his front porch. The next day, Ethan told me, that he was so excited and then I got hecka excited too and it was just so sweeeet and I really looked forward for Reverse. Well… then Valentine’s Day came and I found out, that a day before he is in a relationship with an another girl like whaaaaat. Fail moment #2. And he brought roses and chocolate to her and it was hecka cute. So things got awkward between Ethan and me. I wasn’t jealous. I was happy for him, but now he is in a relationship with that one girl and I asked him on a date lol. My life is so ironic lol. But I was so happy for him lol. I just died laughing inside, thinking how single like a pringle I am lol. In lunch I hung out with them sometime and she doesn’t seem to like me, but oh well. Ethan said, that he still goes with me on a date, so everything is good. OH, so for Reverse the girls buy matching T-Shirts for each other and there is going to be a King and Queen for having the best T Shirts too. So I bought a T Shirts with a Wolf on it, bc his spirit animal is wolf and guess what. The next day, he walked into class with the SAME FRIGGIN SHIRTTTTT. Fail #3. I DIED INSIDE LAUGHING. Srsly I was dead hahhahahahha. I told him and he laughed too. So I bought a different shirt and I like it. Reverse is on the 3rd till 4th. The dance is on Friday night, the 3rd and the date is on the 4th. A week before Ethan answered to the CD in a creative way back. So on that day, we had the Dodgeball Tournament (I’ll write a post about it later) and I was walking home with the Team and when I got home, I was home, I didn’t noticed anything. And then when I turnt to my bed, I looked on the floor and screamed. I WAS SO HAPPY. I thought he won’t answer me back, bc of his girlfriend, but I screamed, walking outside, telling my host fam, that Ethan said Yes. I didn’t even read what he wrote on the poster, but I just saw Yes. I was hecka excited lol. The Reverse dance was hecka awkward in the beginning, because literally NO. ONE. was dancing. It’s been literally the longest 20 minutes I ever felt. The music was so loud and bad and we couldn’t really communicate, because it is so loud. We just stood there, look around were shouting, if we had to say something. Ethan and I were alright. We danced a little, but not really DANCING. Then there was a slow song coming up and before the dance, I was worrying with who I can dance, because I am not sure, if his girlfriend would be happy, if she sees us two dancing a slow dance and I didn’t even know, if she was even there. But surprisingly he asked me, if he can dance with me right away and it was hecka cute. He did the gentlemen hand u wanna dance with me gesture and I did the same thing and said, I would love to. We danced waltz and were singing to the song, that came up and it was hecka fun. Then I was in a such a good dance mood and it wasn’t too awkward. It was so much fun and I just love dances. After the dance we watched a movie at Miranda’s house with other “couples”. There was food and we watched “Napoleon Dynamite”. We took the boys home at midnight and I stayed at Miranda’s and Kaitlee stayed there too. We were up till 2 and talked. In the morning we woke up at 7:30 and head to Kaitlee’s house and prepared the breakfast we planned with the boys. And Kaitlee had 2 Hover Boards like whaaaat. It’s not too hard to drive, u just need the balance. We had Crepes and fruits and it was so goooood. Then we did a Picture Scavenger Hunt with the other couples and we did it in the neighborhood and it was really fun. Then we all got home and got to rest. At 6:30 we went out to eat and it was hecka good. Then we went to Walmart and tried to get kicked out. We were driving around with bikes and were hanging around in the kids section lol. We got yelled at and stopped lol. It was fun though. Then we went bowling and were in the arcade and got to get prices. We both got tattoos. I got a Thor Tattoo and he got an Iron Man and we got candy and that’s it. And that was Reverse. It’s been a fun time, even though it was a little stressful with the planning before, but end up really fun! I enjoyed it and see ya later alligator.

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It's been a while since the dance revue, but once a year the dancers have a performance night, where they show all the dances they did over the year. In the end the girls danced with their escorts a slow dance and it was the cutest thing. No joke. I could watch them for hours and not get tired of them. And the gym had so pretty decorations and it was just hecka cute. Some of my friends were there and they all looked so pretty. The girls were in beautiful long dresses and it was a night to remember.

Bye,
Michelle

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Yesterday was the flag football banquet. It was at 7 pm in the cafeteria. They had food and it was hecka good. We had the banquet for looking back at the season and we got awards and MVHS coins. Parents were there too and our coach gave a speech for everyone of us and it went till 9 pm. We all gave thanks to the coaches and in the end there was a slide show shown. I'll definitely miss being together with my team and play with them.

Bye,

Michelle

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