Life at Greenhill School

It’s already been five weeks at my new day school, Greenhill School in Texas, and boy has that time flown by!

There are so many differences between this school and my school in Australia (Brisbane Girls Grammar School). For example, instead of going to an all girls school where I have to wear a uniform every day, I go to a co-ed school where I can wear my own clothes. Also, my old school was right in the city, whereas Greenhill is in a town called Addison and the campus is very spread out. It actually used to be a peacock farm so all over the campus, you’ll see peacocks wandering around (they’re looked after by the school now)!

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The first two weeks of school were really quite overwhelming. I found myself getting lost all of the time and feeling confused in class. It was also hard remembering all of the names of the kids in my grade and in my field hockey team. Field hockey practice is from 4-6pm every day and twice a week we have lifting (weights training)! I definitely wasn’t used to this kind of intensity!

But each day, I started to find myself feeling more comfortable in class and finding my way around the school. I got used to practising for field hockey every afternoon and was slowly learning everyone’s names. Being new can be hard but it is also kind of exciting too! I’ve been told by so many people that I have the coolest accent (I still can’t hear it haha). I’m also experiencing a bunch of new subjects: black and white photography, beginning video production, art history, precalculus, tragedy through the ages and honors physics.

I’ve already been to two school football games! The first game I went to was an amazing experience because it was the first time in two years that Greenhill had won! It was even more exciting because the game went into overtime and everyone was standing up in the bleachers cheering on the Hornets (our school mascot). When they scored the winning touch down, we all ran onto the field and screamed and cried 😀

I’ve made lots of great friends. Last weekend, I spent Saturday with one of my new friends, Sera, and we went and saw the Red Bull Flugtag in Las Colinas.  It was pretty much an event organized by Red Bull where competitors attempted to fly home-made, human-powered flying machines. The flying machines were launched off a pier about 30 feet high into the lake. It was awesome!

The weekend before last, I met up with the other ASSIST scholars from Dallas at the Greenhill college fair. Afterwards, we all walked to a nearby taco place and had an early dinner together. It was great to catch up with them all and to share our experiences so far.

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In these last five weeks I’ve gone through a lot of emotions but I’m glad to say that the majority of those are positive! As much as I miss my family and friends back in Brisbane, I’m really enjoying my time with my host family and new friends. And the exciting thing is, that this is only the beginning of my year in the States.

Until next time,

Lizzy

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A month in the States

We have been more than a month in our new American schools and I think we are all enjoying our year so far. School is hard! Or unless it is for me… There are tons of homework, quizzes and tests to be ready for and I get home so tired from soccer… But I really enjoy my classes. Today I got assigned a pen pal from 4th grade and his name is Nik!

Yesterday we had Vesper and Aurora Day! We were divided in Vesper (blue) and Aurora (white), and then into smaller groups according to my school stripes: self-control, honesty, respect… I was a Vesper and my stripe was respect. So we all played against each other in stupid games. We had to go up a hill in which they had put a plastic with soap!! In another game we had to ride a really small tricycle around campus…. It was so much fun!

Mr. Milne and Mr. Eidam from ASSIST came to visit Xander and I at EA. After the meeting, I realized how lucky we both are: we are in a great school, with great host families that help us so much and people are so nice to us. Also, we are all very fortunate to be here: “From a pool of 1,650 applications, 725 finalists were invited to an interview, and 161 were accepted as ASSIST Scholars (a 10% acceptance rate).”

To those who haven’t been to a football game yet, go to one!! They are so much fun! Two weeks ago, we had a “white-out” at the football game. Everyone wore white and everyone was so into the game! I didn’t actually understand anything about the game but we won! Two of the football players were taken out of the game and taken to the hospital… Football is pretty intense!

Living this experience makes me really happy! I have already gained so much and it has only been a bit more than a month…

Enjoy your days! I hope you are all having a great time!

Lucía

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School

School started on Wednesday and it has been pretty hard. I am in a school with all Americans as we are only three international students in the school: a Chinese, an Australian boy from ASSIST and me so I need to get used to the American classes. People have been very nice to me in the past days which is nice as everything is new for us. However, Americans love Spanish accent but hopefully, by the end of the year it will be gone.
We are on our way back from a soccer game in New Jersey! It is so much fun to travel with the whole team but I am so tired! I am literally going to sleep till midday tomorrow!
To sum up, school is hard and even harder if sports are intense! But being an international student is great! I am very thankful for ASSIST because this is the most incredible experience we will ever live. So thank you so much!
Lucía

PD* I couldn’t post it yesterday because my wifi was bad on the bus…

First day of school ’10th grade!

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