7 months ago, we arrived all together in Boston and had our mutual orientation at the Pomfret School. I still remember the day when I went through the glass door at the airport in Germany and waved to my family the last time.
I also have not written any articles here in a long time, so I will give you an update about my winter term now.
During the winter term I have traveled around a lot and I have tried out new things which I have never done before. After Christmas I moved from my host family to a very good friend to Boston. However, on that day the news warned of a snow storm, so my friend, her family and me, we left the house and went on the highway in the direction to the White Mountains, NH at the same day. Even, on the way we have already seen a lot of snow. My friend Liana and me were very excited to go skiing together in the following days. I have never skiied before and that was why I was incredibly excited and a little fearful what skiing was like. On the next day we had 2 feets of snow there and the wind was blowing very strong, but we went to the ski slope and I signed up for a first time ski package. After the first day of skiing, I was able to ski the first slopes down and I was very pleased that I tried this sport. I had never thought I would love skiing. So the next 3 days I was skiing with my friend until we left our vacation home the day before New Year’s Eve.
It was very interesting to watch the ball-drop from New York on the television on New Years Eve. However, we started packing our stuff very soon because we were going to New York City. It was so awesome and my Christmas present from my friend’s family was a ticket for Wicked on Broadway. I was so happy I cannot describe this day.
“New York here I am coming!”
(from the left: Kristina (my friends’s sister), Liana and me)
In the time in New York, I was visting the Metropolitain Museum of Arts, I enjoyed a great visibitlity from the Empire State Building and a walk through the Central Park. Then we visited Chelsea Market, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Ground Zero and a lot of other things. I really enjoyed this trip and in my memories it was one of the best trips I have ever did with my very good friend! It was great to see the diversity of people in New York and also how tall the sky scrapers were in fact.
After the Christmas Break, we had Spirit week. Spirit Week was a week in February in which we were allowed to go to classes in costumes to special themes every day. The first day was Pyjama Day, after that I paticipated in the Spirit Day, the Color War in which every grade had their own color and needed to create a short sketch with this color. The last interesting day of our Spirit week was the Switch Gender Day through which my school became in one day a boys school. It was very interesting to see how some people dressed up themselves because this was our chance in which we could be out of dresscode.
Moreover on Thursday, there was Valentines Day and my dance group supported through a flash mob at lunch the billion rising campaign which criticizes violance against women.
Valentines Day is in the US very different from the Valentines Day in Germany, but I appreciated to see the different way of celebration. In the community service, we created little thank you cards for the staff of Stoneleigh-Burnham School and in my advisory we decorated “Happy Valentine’s Cards” for friends. I even got some valentines presents which I did not think about – I was very suprised.
The end of our Spirit Week was crowned with the celebration of 100 nights until graduation. I could not believe that only 100 days were left until graduation for the seniors and the end of a year abroad for me.
I do not want to picture the day when I will leave the US again because I had such an enjoyable experience so far. I have been able to improve my English, my knowledge and skills culturally and socially, and also my sport and academic prowess. I have become acquainted with many great friends, teachers, house parents, coaches and other people who work here. However, I think it is much more important that I learned a lot about myself and that I got to know myself in a different way. A year abroad was, is, and will be a live changing experience which I will never forget for my entire life.
During the last weeks until the Spring Break my school had a very special week: EUROPE WEEK!!! In which every student from an european country could express its own and different culture. Thereby, each student prepared a Power-Point Presentation about their country for our House Meeting, cooked traditional European Food in one of the appartments of our Houseparents on the weekend or talked about their country on culutre tables at lunch in our dining hall. This was a great opportunity to express a little bit of my german culture in our small Girl’s Boarding School community.
After this week, our Pre-Season for our Spring Sports started and I had signed up for Lacrosse so that I can try out one new last thing in my time abroad. Also if the practice was/is a lot of work and exhausting, I enjoyed it more and more each day. I am very happy that I signed up for this and I hope I have a wonderful time in that big team.
All in all, I had another awesome term with a lot of different experiences. During this term I chose dance as my sport and I enjoyed it a lot. I learned so much in this course and I experienced through workshops so many new types of dance which I never tried before. I enjoyed going to every dance class and I remember that I always had a smile on my face. Our big dance presentation was before Christmas and for this performance we danced Momo.
(Winter Dance Performance; Stoneleigh-Burnham School (picture: by Stoneleigh-Burnham))
Now I can finally start to relax after 2 really exhausting weeks with Pre-season, tests, the 3 final exams and packing all my stuff. In the afternoon on Friday, I left Stoneleigh-Burnham School and my host mother picked me up. Until now I have had a great time over break and on Wednesday my parents fly to the US to travel around through the US until the end of the break.
I am very happy to see them again, however it is very sad that less than 3 months are left!!!
The time runs too fast!!!
Janine – Stoneleigh-Burnham School