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I DID NOT THINK IT WAS POSSIBLE TO EXPERIENCE SO MUCH IN A SINGLE WEEK

BUT THEN I STARTED COLLEGE...


THURSDAY AUGUST 10

Move in day for all freshman (First year students) at Georgia Gwinnett College GGC.

11am Getting Clawcard and Key

Move in

Eating at Steak Shack

Doing a report of defects in my room

Meeting the two other GRSP students at GGC. Tehara from Sri Lanka and Alice from Stockholm

Floor meeting with the 9 other students we share a suite with,. Our Resident Assistant RA Niiho went through roles and stories of her being robbed four times while she lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Went to Alices Host family in Peachtree corners, the Thornells

00am Sleep


FRIDAY

8:30am International orientation

Getting honest and valuable tips about living in America and how to avoid being kicked out ;)

Won a GGC T-shirt

Meeting other international Students

Cleaning every inch of the room. It was nasty...

Back to the Thornells

Work on VISA papers

00:30 SLEEP

SATURDAY

8am Bear Essentials

Tour around the school

Bonding with the Americans

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6pm Went to Hard Labor Creek State Park to join the Honors program retreat

Socializing with the wunderful honors students and awesome Dr. Wunder (Honors program director)

Playing cards

Watching movie under the stars

Doing S´mores over the fire

Chit Chat

02am SLEEP

SUNDAY

06:30am Team Airbenders breakfast preparation

Coffee

Capture the flag

Went to the lake

1:30pm Went back to GGC

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3:pm Housing event, Dancing

Paperwork

11pm Sleep

MONDAY

First day of classes

First GGC gym visit

Movie event

TUESDAY

Hanging out in the honors lounge with Brandon

Adding and dropping courses

International student association hot dog party, putting Sweden on the map

VISA papers

Hittin the gym

23:30pm *Realising you have to read a chapter for tomorows classes


WEDNESDAY

05:30am Study before class

9am See professor to explain I´m an international student and might say stupid things in english

9:30am Classes all day

Fill in I-94 form for Homeland security so I am allowed to stay in America

Trying to find course literature

7pm My host family the Kubas picked me up in their beautiful white Truck.

Ate at Sonny´s

Sang ABBA, Mecklemore, Southern Country, Grease

Discussing differences between Sweden, America and Southern America

02:00 NOW: Sleep in Elberton


My Gal

My Father


Hugs Victoria

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- LEARN ENGLISH FLUENTLY -
That´s why I am writing my blogposts in english. Count on me doing weird spellings or writing a sentence with no sense.
There is a function that can translate my texts if you want to. (Don´t tell Wilma)
Det finns en funktion som översätter min text om du är intresserad.

-BE A YES-SAYER-
And no-sayer at the right time. I want to be spontaneous and experience as much as possible this year, but also get to know myself and how to not do everything 110%.

-CHALLENGE AND DEVELOP MY SOCIAL SKILLS- 

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07:10 Lyfte från Landvetter

08:50 Landen im Frankfurt

In Frankfurt I met two of the other Swedish girls going to Georgia as GRSP students. Hello Alice and Smilla

10:20 Abfliegen aus Frankfurt


We all were on the same plane to Atlanta. Having long conversations with my flight neighbor, a Japanese woman who was a exchange student in the States 15 years ago, and being served a lot of coffee I really enjoyed the flight.

2:20 pm (20:30) Arrived in Atlanta

I have now been in America for 48 hours. I can only say that I am having a blast and that my family is the loveliest and kindest you could imagine (Thank you the Garringers). I will share more thoughts and insights in a coming post. Till then I share my 48 hours in pictures with you.

My host family thought they should introduce me to America by eating at Cracker Barrel. We ate with their grandparents.

On our way to their town Hartwell (about 2 hours from Atlanta) we discussed Swedish and American politics. After that, having been awake for 24 hours, I crashed into my bed and slept very well for 11 hours.

Day 1
We started our Sunday by going to church. Then we went to the lake and did tubing and wake boarding. They laught at me cause I thought the water was too warm to be refreshing.

Two out of four cars // My first mac and cheese

Day 2
Starting the day with a run (3kilometers and I had to stop several times). The air is so humid.
Then went to Andersson in South Carolina to watch Gabby playing Tennis.


Samuel holding Hercules and Hoosier wants to join // Me cuddling with Hoosier. He got his name from the Indiana Hoosiers football team which are the Garringers favorites.


This is my main host family (I have four since I have four Rotary clubs sponsoring me).
From the left there is my sister Gabrielle 18, Canaan (The guy living in the basement), my mother Marcie, my brother Samuel 16 and my father Joe. 


Tomorrow they will have a reception for me at their house. Then my other host families and the presidents of every Rotary club will come. I will make some Swedish FIKA for them.

Hugs Victoria

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I AM ON MY WAY

In an hour I will be leaving beautiful Sweden and my beautiful friends and family with a bit of sadness. But most of all am I feeling lucky and grateful right now. Grateful to have such wonderful friends and family around me. I will miss you all <3

I also feel a lot of excitement for my new adventure and can´t wait to meet my new friends and families.

Bye Sweden
Hello America

Hugs Victoria


<3

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The 2 of February 2017, during a normal Swedish February school week, I found this in my inbox. Then and there, among the snow, the studies, soccer practices and graduation thoughts, I did not realize what a fantastic offer I was given. A full school year in Georgia, USA, funded by the Rotary clubs of Hartwell, Elberton, Madison and Franklin County. Of course I said YES and accepted the scholarship to the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). This means I accepted to represent Sweden, Rotary club Falköping Ålleberg and myself in all occasions and to use my social abilities, leadership qualities and energy to promote international goodwill through friendship and understanding. In other words that I will spend the coming 10 months in College, with Rotarians, the other GRSP students, host families and friends from school. I will do presentations and volunteer work. I will be traveling, listening, learning, discussing and living life.

I hope you will enjoy following my year in the US.

Welcome

Hugs Victoria



February 2nd, Raising our glasses for my coming adventure

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