First few days…

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Hey Guys!

This post is about the first few days (so actually from Aug 13th till August 15th and a little bit about the flights)!

What I forgot so mention was that I read my Abschiedsbuch/Return back book on the flight to New York! The girl who sat next to me read letters from her family and friends as well so I thought it would be a good time to do it (even though I didn’t want to read it in then plane – me and resolutions HAHA XD). I thought that these pages would make me sad and that I want to take the next flight back when I read them, but it happend to be a little bit diffrent…When I started reading it I smiled the whole time and when it came to my friends I started laughing so hard- the girls next to me started looking a little bit confused! The things that stood in that book were so sweet and I could not resist to start smiling. In some of the texts they told me about my character and in others they mentioned things we did together and there were a lot of funny photos in it!!! When it came to the page of my sister I started crying too- so I was crying and laughing at the same time – it must have been this moment that everybody in the plane knew I was insane, but hey, that’s what I am XD

I wanted to thank everybody who took the time to write in my book and made me smile, love you guys!!!

Soooo now I come to the first days in my Hostfamily!!!

As I already said in my New York OC post my first flight was to Atlanta where I had to change the plane. I was really lucky because till that point I had two friendly accompaniments who flew with me and made me calm down. One of them even flew with me to Oklahoma! Unfortunately our 2nd plane was a little bit too late (25min), but we survived it! When we arrived I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to see my hostfamily. So I was freaking out while she told me that we still got time and that I should calm down. I remember that I stood on the moving stairs, jumping, and when I came down I saw that my hostfamily was already standing there-emberrasing. (I didn’t know that in the US the baggage claim is not in the “gated area” anymore. Everybody can come there… I’m pretty sure it is diffrent in Germany).

My hostparents and the father of my hostdad came and picked me up. We drove to a Texas Steakhouse in Oklahoma City. When we came in I was confused about the floor – it seemed like somebody put some bark mulch on the ground, but I didn’t said anything to that. We asked a waitress for a table for 4 and got a thing which would blink when there is a free table. We went back outside and sat down. During that time and the time in the car it felt like I knew them for a while and not just from now (and a few hours of Skype). I liked that feeling.

When the thing blinked we took a seat and I finally got to know what that stuff on the ground had been – peanut shells! We ate some fried pickles and some really good steaks and then we drove home.

The next day we went to my school and I filled out some papers and elected my subjet(Unfortunately there hadn’t been many choices left). So my Schedule will look like this: Algebra II, English II, US History, Biology, Lunch, Computer Education and Volleyball (if I make it in the team… It is up to the coach if I have to show my skills (which don’t exist) or if I can be in the team just so. I hope I don’t have to make a try out 🙂

After school my area rep came around (he is the brother of my hostmum so he stayed at us a little longer :)) and then both sons came around (+the family of the older one, which has an exchange student as well. She is from Italy and really nice) and we just sat together and talked. In the evening the grandchildren came over and we baked something out of the book I gave them as a hospiality present(without eggs which the kids found really strange but they had to admit that the biscuits were nice) and we played a game I used to play with my grandparents named chocolate whitch. We had a lot of fun but on the end of the day I was really tired.

Today I stayed at home alone, because my hostparents had to work. I watched some Netflix and Youtube and took care of the dog because he was a little bit ill. It was good to have some time for myself and to chill out, but if something happened or if I got tired of being alone I could have gone to the son(who has an exchange student aswell).

I am so happy with my hostfamily and they are all very, very friendly… Well thanks Into and ISE for finding such a great family for me!!!

See you soon,

Lilli

New York Orientation Camp

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Hey Guys!
So my exchange year started right now!
On August 9 I stood up really early (5.30 am) to drive the Airport(Frankfurt) where I met the rest of my group. After eating I piece of pizza and saying goodbye to my family, I entered the plane with great excitement!
I had the feeling that 50% of the passengers were exchange students as there were not just the people from my organisation but also from others like Ayusa.
In the plane I sat next to two exchange students so the 8 and a half hours went by quick as we could talk about our years but also our lives in Germany. After arriving in Newark (No I didn’t write it wrong we landed in New Jersey) it felt like hours till everything was ready and we could take the bus to our hostel.

Once we arrived there (I think it was about 6 pm. So 12 am the next day in Germany)we had time to bring our suitcases to our rooms and ate dinner. We were also divided in 3 groups with about 17 people in them which were called the homerooms. Every time we went in the city we had to be in this groups so that the leaders can have a overview if everybody is there. Each of us had a number so if the leader said ‘head count’ we had to say it (Mine was 5)… The first day we had ‘program’ (we just got information about where to be, what to do and what is planned) till 10 pm (4 am Germany). We all were so happy to sleep, you can’t imagine!

So the next day I woke up at about 3.30 am (9.30 GER)- I just couldn’t sleep anymore… So jup, the first day the Jetleg was quite hard and I should have been tired, but actually I wasn’t because we saw so much! New York is really impressive!
We started our sightseeing with a ride with the Subway to… Time Square! Everything was blinking and shining and large, it was overwhelming! There I brought a Hard Rock CafĂ© T-shirts, but I ‘accidently’ took a really large one because I thought I better take it one size larger (so that it will fit me even if I ate a lot :D), but I forgot to convert the size (An american M is an germany L). So yes this T-shirt is like 2 numbers to large, but at least it is comfortable!
After Time Square we went to the Central Station(Some of you might now that from the serie Gossip Girl)! There is a ‘room’ (actually it is just a part of the hallway)  when you stay in one corner of it and  whisper, it will be heard in the other corner!
Then we went to Rockefeller Center- wow the elevator was so fast! I mean it took us longer to ‘drive’ from the lobby to the 4th floor in our hostel than it took us to go from the lobby to the 67 on Rockefeller Center. The view from there was unbelievable and even though there was a building site which was on about 50% of the pictures, we made some really nice photos up there!
After that we had some free time at the 5th Avenue which was pretty cool because that’s the famous shopping Street in New York. We went to Starbucks and to some stores but I didn’t find anything. And last but not least we had some free time at Central Park and went though a big part of it(After a while we had the possibility to choose whether we want to walk or take the Subway. And even if my feet were hurting I walked! I’m so sporty… not.) At the hostel we ate dinner and had another homeroom meeting and then we were allowed to go to bed.

And here we go- the second day!
My Jetleg was nearly away- I woke up at 5.45 am. and the weather was as nice as the day before (29°C and sunny). But sadly a girl in my room caught a cold- the air conditioning is running 24/7 and not a bit no, it feels like it’s winter! You come from 30 degree (Celsius) to minus 10… well maybe I exaggerate a bit but you understand the point!
The breakfast in the Hostel was pretty good especially that day – there were pancakes!!! And after this strengthening the day could start. And it did with a ride with the ferry to the Statue of Liberty where we drunk really delicious lemonade (it was really sweet but I liked it anyways and the cups were pretty cool!). Waited for the ferry to come in Battery Park.
After that we went to the 9/11 Memorial which was sad an impressive at the same time. The next ‘sight’ was Chinatown and Little Italy and on the way to them we went through a mall which looked a bit like it was made from giant bones. I was acually disappointed by Chinatown because I thought that the buildings would look more chinese and not just the signs…

The evening of the 2nd day was pretty much like the other so I will come to the third day!
We had the choice between Brooklyn(more sightseeing) and Coney Island (Beach) and of cause I choose Brooklyn- I think you can go to beach everywhere but Brooklyn you will only see in New York!
So we saw Brooklyn Bridge and even went over it which was pretty cool. After that (and a  million pictures XD) we went to Wallstreet (So the financial district) and then to the ‘Government’ district (I don’t know how it is acually called) and then we went to a park that had been a part of the train that linked Manhattan to the former Meat Packing distict. Long ago they transported the goods from that district by cars but there were a lot of accidents so they built a railway above the streets. Now a days an about 2 km long park was built around the rails. After that we had the choice between Museum (the MoMA (Museum of Modern Arts) or the Museum of Science (I’m not sure with that one)) or shopping. We went “shopping” we had a rest at the Starbucks and went to Time Square again – it was much more crowded than it was on Thursday (it was a Saturday) and we saw the Naked Cowboy and ran down a little more so we were seeing a few of the Broadway Theatres 😉
We took the Subway home, ate and had a homeroom meeting again where they checked the flights again!
And now I’m sitting in my plane to Atlanta where I have to change the plane to fly to Oklahoma!
It was such an exciting time in New York and I met a lot of friendly people with who I hope to keep in contact. I’m sad that the tim in New York went by so fast but I am so excited to see my Hostfamily for the first time (in real life)
See you soon,
Lilli

Gastgeschenke

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Hey Guys!

Hier mal ein Eintrag nur auf Deutsch!

Heute geht’s um die Gastgeschenke, die ich meiner Gastfamilie mitbringe.

Damit ihr das besser nachvollziehen könnt, hier ein paar Infos:

Meine Gastfamilie, in der ich leben werde, besteht aus einer Hostmum, die gerne kocht, backt und malt und einem Hostdad, der gerne grillt, im Garten arbeitet und ließt. Sie haben drei Enkelkinder, die nebenan wohnen und um die 8/9 Jahre und jĂŒnger alt sind.

Nun komme ich zu dem eigentlich Interessanten Teil, was habe ich besorgt?

  • Kochbuch von Dr. Oekter
  • GrillschĂŒrze
  • Kartenspiel
    • SĂŒĂŸes
  • Selbstgemachtes Buch
  • Salzstreuer in Form einer Bierflasche

In dem selbstgemachten Buch findet man viele Infos ĂŒber Deutschland, seine BundeslĂ€nder und die sich darin befindenden StĂ€dte. Außerdem habe ich Deutschland grob mit den USA verglichen und einige Klischees aufgefĂŒhrt. ZUm Ende bin ich dann noch auf den Ort, in dem ich wohne und meine Familie eingegangen. Auf das Buch bin ich sehr stolz und da ich viel Zeit und MĂŒhe gebraucht habe, hoffe ich, dass sich die Gastfamilie darĂŒber freut.

See you soon,

Lilli

VISA 2 & Pullover

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Hey Guys!

My passport with my visa in it arrived on June 7th, so only 5 days after my appointment.
Now it is official! I can stay one year in the USA!!!

When I fly I have to take my Passport and my DS-2019 form with me and only if I have both forms, I can get in.

Below, you can see my new Pullover! A lot of stundents, who go on an exchange this year(2017/18),  will have this(or a similar) Pullover.

On the back, you can read the quote:

Exchangels

spread
your
wings
and
flyaway

On my left arm is written: #teamusa

And on the front it says “Exchangestudent 17/18” and unterneath is a world map.

I ordered the Pullover at spreadshirt.de on June 6th and I am really happy with the size and quality. It arrived on Friday(06-09) 🙂

See you soon,

Lilli

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Hey Guys!

Mein Reisepass mit dem Visum darin, kam am Mittwoch den 7: Juni an, also nur 5 Tage nach meinem Termin! Jetzt ist es offiziel- Ich kann ein Jahr in den USA bleiben!

Bei meinem Flug muss ich meinen Resiepass und ein Formular namens DS-2019 dabei haben, nur so lassen sie mich einreisen.

Oben seht ihr den Pulli, den ich mir bestellt habe! Den gleichen(bzw. Ă€hnlichen) Pullover werden wahrscheinlich viele AustauschschĂŒler haben, die 2017/18 ihr Auslandsjahr machen.

Hinten steht der Spruch:

Exchangels

spread
your
wings
and
flyaway

Auf meinem linken Arm steht: #teamusa

Und vorne sieht man eine Weltkarte ĂŒber der “Exchangestudent 17/18” steht.

Den Pulli hab ich am 6.06. auf spreadshirt.de bestellt und ich bin mit der GrĂ¶ĂŸe und der QualitĂ€t echt zufrieden. Er kam am Freitag(9.06) an 🙂

See you soon,

Lilli

Zu Anti-Banner hinzufĂŒgen

Visa

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Hey Guys!

My visa documents arrived on Saturday the 27th May via post.

I started immediately to fill out the forms and I finished with everything (The forms + transfer) on Sunday evening.

On Tuesday I could chose my appointment which was at 10:15 on Friday, Jun 2nd.

My mother and I drove to Berlin on Thursday and the next morning we went to the American Consulate in Berlin to apply for my visa.

20 minutes before my appointment, I got in the house.

I had to go through a security checkpoint and then I had to give my documents to the staff. After that I should sit down and wait till I hear my name.

I was glad that there was another exchange student who waited with me because I had to wait about one and a half hours!

When I finally heard my name I went to the counter where I was asked some simply question. For example if I drink or smoke and what I wanted to do in the USA. This interview was really short about 2 minutes I think and then I could go.

The afternoon and Saturday my mother and I spent in Berlin with (among others) shopping.

I think my visa will arrive in about 2 or 3 weeks!

See you soon,

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Meine Visadokumente sind am Samstag, dem 27. Mai per Post angekommen.

Ich habe sofort angefangen, die Formulare auszufĂŒllen, und ich bin mit allem (Der formulars + Überweisung) am Sonntagsabend fertig gewesen.

Am Dienstag konnte ich meinen Termin wĂ€hlen und ich nahm den nĂ€chsten verfĂŒgbaren, Freitag 2. Juni 10:15 Uhr.

Meine Mutter und ich sind am Donnerstag nach Berlin gefahren, und am nÀchsten Morgen, sind wir zum amerikanischen Konsulat in Berlin gegangen, um  mein Visum zu beantragen.

20 Minuten vor meinem Termin konnte ich in das GebÀude rein- alleine versteht sich.

Ich musste durch eine Sicherheitsschleuse und dann meine Dokumente dem Personal geben. Danach sollte ich mich setzen und warten, bis ich meinen Namen hörte.

Ich habe mich gefreut, dass es einen anderen AustauschschĂŒler gab, der mit mir gewartet hat, weil ich auf ungefĂ€hr anderthalb Stunden warten musste!

Als ich schließlich meinen Namen hörte, bin ich zum Schalter gegangen, wo ich einige einfache Fragen gestellt wurde. Zum Beispiel, ob ich trinke oder rauche, und was ich in den USA tun möchte. Dieses Interview dauerte nur  ungefĂ€hr 2 Minuten und danach konnte ich gehen.

Am Nachmittag und am Samstag sind meine Mutter und ich in Berlin (unter anderen) Shoppen gegangen.

Ich denke, dass mein Visum in ungefÀhr 2 oder 3 Wochen ankommen wird!

See you soon,

Lilli

Preparation Seminar

Preparation seminar Hamburg, May 20-21, 2017

Hey Guys!

I had my preparation seminar on May 20th till 21st.

But I already arrived on 19th because my journey lasted longer than 2 and a half hours. So I took my train and was so excited because that was the first time I took the train alone. The whole time I had fear that I take the wron train, etc. But when I arrived at the hostel I was really proud that I did that!

I asked the receptionist and after a while I found the people of my organization and got my room key. That evening 2 more girls came (and one was there before me) and we had a lot of fun- and ate some really expensive pizza( well at least it was worth it!).

On Saturday we had breakfast and the others arrived. We played some games, the trainers explained us a lot of technically questions and in the evening we had a Returnee Talk. It was amazing to hear what the others experienced during their exchange years.

On Sunday we talked about ’emotional’ questions- so everything that was not technical 😀

To sum up we had a really funny and informing weekend where I made some really good friends with who I hope I will keep contact (I don’t think this sentence even makes sense but whatever :))

See you soon

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Mein Vorbereitungsseminar war am 20 bis zum 21 Mai in Hamburg.

Aber ich bin bereits am 19 angekommen, weil meine Reise lĂ€nger gedauert hat als 2 einhalb Stunden. Also nahm ich am Freitag Nachmittag meinen Zug und war so aufgeregt, da es das erste Mal war, dass ich alleine gefahren bin. Die ganze Zeit ich hatte Angst, dass ich den falschen Zug, … nehme. Aber als ich die Jugendherberge erreichte, war ich wirklich stolz, dass ich das geschafft habe!

Ich habe am Emfang gefargt und nach einer Weile habe ich die Leute meiner Organisation gefunden und meinen RaumschlĂŒssel bekommen. An diesem Abend sind noch 2 MĂ€dchen gekommen (und eine war vor mir dort), wir hatten viel Spaß – und haben eine wirklich teure Pizza gegessen (gut zumindest hat es sich gelohnt!).

Am Samstag haben wir gefrĂŒhstĂŒckt und die Anderen sind angekommen. Wir haben einige Spiele gespielt, die Trainer haben uns viele technisch Fragen beantwortet, und am Abend gab es einen Returnee Talk. Es war toll zu hören, was sie(die Trainer und Returnees) wĂ€hrend ihrer Auslandsjahre erlebt hatten.

Am Sonntag haben wir ĂŒber ’emotionale’ Fragen  gesprochen – so alles, was nicht technisch war 😀

Letztendich hatten wir ein wirklich lustiges und informierendes Wochenende, wo ich einige wirklich gute Freunde gefunden habe, mit denen ich hoffentlich Kontakt halten kann!

See you soon,

Lilli

My Hostfamily – Oklahoma

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Hey Guys!

Great news- I got my hostfamily!!!

The Email with their names, adress, etc. arrived on 17 May!

I was so excited- Well, okay, I am still!!!

I shouldn’t say too much about them (because of their privacy), but I think I can say that they live in Oklahoma, not far from Oklahoma City (the capital).

My hostparents are between 45 and 50. They have 3 adult children and some grandchildren which live near to them.

Above you can see a map of the USA. The State colored in red is Oklahoma.

See you soon

Lilli

Hey guys!

Großartige Neuigkeiten- Ich habe meine Gastfamilie bekommen!!!

Die Email mit den Informationen ĂŒber sie kam am 17. Mai an!

Ich bin so aufgeregt, unglaublich!!!

Ich darf natĂŒrlich nicht so viel ĂŒber sie sagen (wegen der PrivatsphĂ€re), aber ich denke, dass Ich doch ein bisschen was sagen darf!

Meine Gasteltern sind so um die 40/ 50 und haben 3 erwachsene Kinder und sogar schon Enkelkinder, welche nicht weit von ihnen wohnen, also denke ich, dass ich sie auch mal kennenlernen kann.

Meine Gastfamile wohnt in Oklahoma, nicht weit von der Hauptstadt Oklahoma City entfernt.

Oben auf der Karte ist der rot eingezeichnete Staat Oklahoma.

See you soon,

Lilli

 

The ELTiS test

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Hey guys!

Yesterday, I got an email from into (That’s the organization with which I go on my exchange).

“Our partner organization found a potential host family and school for you. *A/N OMG!!!! They found someone!!!!! :D)* In this email you’ll find a link to a test which is required by many Highschools. ”

Below that they gave me some introducions to the test and told me to do this test calmly and without stress. So I sat down this evening, printed the sheets I needed and did the test.

It was actually kind of simple and I think I understood… enough 😀

The test I did was the ELTiS test.

ELTiS is the abbreviation for “English Language Test for International Students”.

The test consists of two main parts- one reading and one listening. The answers are multiply choice, you can choose between three or four answers from which just one is correct.

Well,… I will write again when there is something new 🙂 (Hostfamiliy, test results, etc.)

See you soon

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Gestern habe ich eine E-Mail von into bekommen (Das ist die Organisation, mit der ich meinen Austausch mache).

“Unsere Partnerorganisation hat eine potenzielle Gastfamilie und Schule fĂŒr dich gefunden. *A/N OMG!!!! Sie haben jemanden gefunden!!!!! :D) * mit dieser E-Mail schicken wir dir den Link zu unserem “English Language Test for International Students“ zu, der von vielen amerikanischen High Schools verlangt wird. “

Darunter haben sie mir eine Anleitung zu dem Test gegeben und mir gesagt, diesen Test in Ruhe und ohne Stress zu machen. Also habe ich mich an diesem Abend gesetzt, hab die Seiten ausgedruckt un den Test gemacht.

Es war wirklich einfach, und ich denke, dass ich. . . genug verstanden habe 😀

Der Test, den ich gamcht habe, heißt ELTiS Test.

ELTiS ist die AbkĂŒrzung fĂŒr den “English Language Test for International Students”.

Der Test besteht aus zwei Hauptteilen- Lesen und Hören. Es sind multiply choice Antworten, man konnte zwischen drei oder vier Antworten wÀhlen, von denen eine richtig ist.

So. . . Ich werde wieder schreiben, wenn es etwas Neues gibt:) (Hostfamiliy, Testergebnisse, usw. )

See you soon,

Lilli

My first entry

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Hey guys!

Here is Lilli and how most probably know, I am going to begin my foreign year in the USA this summer!

My aim with this Blog is, primarily, to inform my family and my friends a little bit about my life there, although I will probably skype/ phone or chat with them anyways.

Maybe some people who consider to do an exchange year or people who have already decided to do one or people whose exchange year is almost over will, however, read this blog.

As well as I know myself and my motivation, there won’t be that many entries. However, I plan to make an “update” at least at the end of every month. . . We will see how well this will go 😛

I am not sure if my entries will be in english or german or both, we will see how much motivation I have and which will be easier for me…

See you soon,

Lilli

Hey Guys!

Hier ist Lilli und wie die meisten von euch wahrscheinlich wissen, werde ich diesen Sommer(ja so bald schon!!! Kann es auch kaum fassen :D) mein Auslandsjahr in den USA beginnen!

Mein Ziel bei diesem Blog ist es in erster Linie, meine Familie und meine Freunde ein bisschen ĂŒber mein Leben dort zu informieren, obwohl ich wahrscheinlich sowie so mit ihnen Skypen/Telefonieren/Schreiben werde.

Vielleicht lesen diesen Blog aber auch Leute, die ĂŒberlegen ein Auslandsjahr zu machen bzw. Leute, die sich schon dazu entschieden haben und bei denen es bevorsteht oder schon fast vorbei ist.

So wie ich mich und meine Motivation kenne, werden hier aber nicht ganz so viele EintrĂ€ge entstehen. Ich nehme mir aber vor, spĂ€testens am Ende eines jeden Monats ein “Update” zu machen… Mal sehen wie gut das klappt 😛

Ich weiß ĂŒbrigens noch nicht, ob die folgenden EintrĂ€ge auf Deutsch oder auf Englisch sein werden. Letzteres hĂ€tte den Vorteil, dass meine Gastfamilie und meine amerikanischen Freunde es auch verstehen könnten… Mal schauen!

See you soon,

Lilli