United Studies Student of the Week Spotlight - Fe from Germany!

09 May 2020

Meet Fe, our United Studies Student of the Week!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXCHANGE YEAR IN TEXAS.

Living in Texas is a really interesting and cool experience.  I think I'm pretty lucky to be directly in such a big city because there's so much you can do here. My Host Parents are really active people, which is why we already did a lot at the beginning of my year. I had about a week before I had to go to school. In that week we made basic sightseeing stuff, met the family, my host mom showed me the campus of the university where she works and more. 





We went to Galveston.  We saw a football game from the university where my host mom works, went to Keema, I went to my schools homecoming, went to my host brothers wedding and in September we went to Austin. In November we went to Utah and visited the Bryce Canyon and Zion Park. I think that was probably my favorite trip we had together. In February I went to Hawaii with other exchange students which was awesome. I did so much more but this were my highlights.

HOW DOES LIFE IN TEXAS COMPARE TO LIFE IN GERMANY?


Life here is definitely different to life in Germany but not as different as I thought. Of course things are different and all the time you notice things that are new to you, but as soon you get used to the life in your host family and have a routine, it's just like life at home. You go to school and have homework, you meet your friends, and do stuff with your family.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO ON AN EXCHANGE YEAR?


I wanted to do this exchange, because I love to travel and get to know new countries and cultures. I also was a pretty shy person and I thought it would help me to grow beyond myself, which is what happened at the end.  

WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR LIFE IN THE US?


Some things that surprised me where, that Americans go out to eat so much more often than people in Germany. I think I never ate so often in restaurants in a year. Another thing is the whole school system. I was in a school where we had a period schedule and not a block schedule that I know from Germany. That means you have up to seven classes a day and the same classes everyday.

HOW DID COVID-19 IMPACT YOUR EXCHANGE YEAR?


COVID - 19 was not really a good part of this experience. I had so much plans for the end of the year which are probably all cancelled now. But I still can say that I'm lucky I could stay (thanks to United Studies), because every other student I know had to leave. I have online school now and the only thing we can do to go outside is to go to parks.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FUTURE EXCHANGE STUDENTS?


One advice I would give future exchange students is to not have to certain expectations for the year. I know how exciting it is to imagine your year in a different country, I did that myself, but I would try not to expect that things that happened to other exchange students will also happen to you. Not every exchange year is the same. At the end it is also just a normal life, and as we know not everyones life is the same. Things didn't really happen as I thought they would and it still was one of the best times of my life. Just be open and let it come to you.



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