It’s me again, Leni, with best regards from the USA!
You haven’t heard from me in a while, but there have been a few exciting things in the last month that I have experienced and would like to share with you …
Because even if my start into October was not the best due to my soccer injury, my head was filled with plenty of memories. Starting with our senior soccer ceremony, where the 12th graders are given gifts and celebrated because they will soon be leaving school, over my entry into the basketball team as a manager, to a short trip to „Birchbay“ with my host family.
But as I already told you in my last post, October was also a pretty exciting month for my high school. Because, as you can already guess, our Homecoming dance took place!
For those who may not have heard of it before; Homecoming is a school dance that basically welcomes all students back after summer break and let the whole school come together. At American high schools this is a pretty big thing (just like prom, which I won’t be able to tell you about until summer), which is why there is a homecoming football game in addition to the actual dance and the entire week
before that is known as homecoming week with spirit days and a homecoming parade for every club and the homecoming royalty.
Since we don’t have anything like that in Germany, I’ve been looking forward to it the whole time. It was a lot of fun to dress up for every single day, to interact with all the students and once again to experience the really strong school spirit. Everyone cheers each other on and even the teachers and principals join in. I’ll tell you one thing … German schools could use a lot of that fun! 😉
Sometimes I really feel like I’m in a movie because just like we know it from the typical high school movies, guys are standing in school with posters asking the girls for a homecoming date while they are looking in all directions for the perfect dress and everyone is exited for the football game.
I won’t explain each touchdown to you, but what I can definitely tell you is that we won the football game and celebrated even more at the dance!
For me personally it was an incredibly beautiful and unforgettable evening all around. I met so many new and different people that evening, danced with a lot of them and had a really great time with my friends. After this week I finally had the feeling that I had really arrived over here and settled in. I just felt to be part of something.
And also on my first American Halloween, I had a fun weekend! At school everyone was allowed to dress up (apparently the Americans have a lot of fun with that;)) and sweets were also given. Completely different to Germany, some houses here turn into whole ghost castles and really everyone has carved at least one pumpkin and placed it in front of their houses. Since my host sister and I invited a few friends over for a girls‘ night on Halloween, we of course also dressed up and really had a fun time! Just like the rest of my host family, who have collected a lot of sweets from trick or treating…
And so the month was already over and I experienced quite a lot again. I am often amazed at how much you can actually experience in such a short time. And that is exactly your sign that you should also decide to spend a year abroad and look forward to all of your very own experiences that you could make!
The wintertime with holidays that we don’t even have will for sure be just as exciting and I’m already looking forward to the light-adorned houses everywhere…
But I’ll be back with my Thanksgiving report the next time!