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I’m 18

So today I turned 18. Which means I’m now officially an adult, even though according to the internet, some people never really reach adulthood.

So today me and my mom¬†went do Den Bosch to do some shopping. Instead of shopping, there was a lot of waiting around for food and busses and other things, so my feet were pretty sore by the end of the day :’) .

After our little shopping trip, we went home to pick up the rest of the family to go out for supper, and oh my god. It was so good. We had Greek food and it was the best thing ever hahah.

Now that I’m 18 it’s time to go to college and find myself a place to live, so those are all plans for the very near future which I’m very very very excited about.

This was just a little update post, hope you are all having an amazing summer ūüôā

Why do an Exchange year

Before and during my exchange year, the question “why?” came up a lot. To be completely honest, I never really knew. I just wanted to, that was the only reason I could think of. Now that I’m back, I could come up with a lot of reasons why someone should go on exchange.

First of all, you will find yourself. Before¬†I went on exchange, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go next. While I was in America, I was on my own, and I had to work to get things done. There was no way for me to just ask my parents to do everything for me, so I was forced to grow up. You have to be though to get through an exchange year because it is harder than you might expect, but it is so worth it.

In addition to the way you will develop yourself, you will establish a whole different relationship with the people you leave behind. You will find out who are in your corner and you will appreciate the things you leave behind more. Like they say, you don’t really know what you have, until it’s gone.

I came home thinking that I would have nobody and that my friends would have forgotten about me already, but then they invited me to dinner, and to a birthday, and it was just as if I had never been gone, and that was the greatest feeling in the world.

The best thing that I got out of my exchange year, are the friends and family I gained. I might not see them everyday and I know it’s very possible that I won’t see them again for a very long time to come, but I know they’ll always be there, and that’s the best feeling in the world.

Going on exchange is hard. It may seem impossible and I can’t tell you how many times I almost picked up the phone to tell EF I was going home. But I fought my way through it, and looking back, it was the greatest year of my life and I would not change one thing about it.

Into The Woods

During my exchange year one of my friends convinced me to try out for the spring musical at our school. I wasn’t going to at first but later changed my mind and decided to just go for it.

That turned out to be the best decision I made all year.

I had so much fun during the whole process and I was so sad when it was over. It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of it.

I know I’ve been back for a while and this play took place in March, but since this was my favorite part of my exchange year I wanted to share it with you guys. I absolutely loved being Rapunzel and I am so glad I got that part. I think that was the best part for me in this play and I will never forget this amazing experience.¬†2016-03-20 07.26.00

 

The entire thing is on Youtube. It is a 2,5 hour musical, so I would be impressed with you if you have the time and patience to sit through it.

Back Home

So, it’s really over now.

I guess it still hasn’t hit me yet, it still feels like it all was a dream and I still can’t believe it all happened. I’m still wondering if it actually did happen. Even though the first half of my exchange year was way harder than it should have been, I managed to turn things around and in March I finally found my place in St. Clair. My final months in the US were the best months of my life and I experienced things I never thought I would have.

First, in March, I went “Into The Woods”¬†in our school spring musical. I never thought I would audition because I was scared to, and then after I auditioned I didn’t think I would get a part, because I saw so many great auditions, and then when I got a part, I finally started to enjoy my exchange year. Into The Woods really did change my life and I will forever remember that.

2016-03-20 07.26.00Then, in April, I got to go a real American prom. I had been to prom after my graduation last year, but that was nothing compared to prom here. Everything was big and everyone looked gorgeous, and even though the dance was not the greatest success in the world, I still had an amazing time.

And finally, I fell in love with Softball. I never did like sports, I wasn’t good at any sport except for horseback riding, and to be honest I was not very interested when it came to sports. Until I decided to join softball (after trying (and hating) track for a week), and I really came to love this sport. I must say, I’m not great, and I don’t think I ever will be, but I really did love it, and I definitely plan to continue back here in the rainy Netherlands.

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After that all ended, we had the last day of school, but I would not really describe that as a ‘highlight’ of my year, because it was the last day of school, and I didn’t want there to be a last day of school.

So, now I’m back, and I haven’t been doing much (which is why I’m writing this). I miss America and I miss my friends, and most of all I miss my host family. I think I’ll be denying the fact that it’s over for a long long time to come. It wasn’t goodbye, it was see you later.

Choir Concert & Chanhassen

Hey allemaal!

In Amerika heb je naast alle gewone, saaie, lessen zoals algebra en geschiedenis, ook een aantal hele leuke vakken waar je uit kan kiezen. Een daarvan is choir, en omdat dit me wel heel erg leuk leek, besloot ik dit vak te kiezen. Afgelopen maandag hadden we ons eerste concert, het holiday concert, en gisteren zijn we naar dinner theatre Chanhassen geweest!

Het concert bestond uit allemaal kerstliedjes. Het Junior High choir zong er 4 en wij zongen er 5. Als afsluiter hebben we met beide groepen een liedje gezongen. Het was echt heel erg leuk om te doen en ik kijk nu al uit naar de volgende concerten!

 Gisteren was opnieuw een hele leuke dag. We zijn met het hele choir en de band naar Chanhassen geweest, een dinner theatre. Hier hebben we eerst heerlijk geluncht, en daarna genoten van Sister Act. Het was een heel erg gave show en een onwijs leuk school uitje!
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We zijn nu heel erg druk bezig met alle voorbereidingen voor kerst ( ik moet al mijn cadeautjes nog kopen, oops), en dinsdag na school begint de vakantie! Dit wordt mijn eerste Amerikaanse vakantie en mijn eerste Amerikaanse kerst, so I’ll keep you posted!