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When Language Camp Ends

   Language Camp was amazing. The people in Language camp became like a second family to me. We shared our past struggles and fears for the future. The topics in some conversations were uncomfortable ,but they brought us closer together. Personally, I struggled and still struggle with German ,so having people around that related felt very comforting and pleasant; we would laugh when the words that were too long and difficult to pronounce, even question at times if it was a real word.          

     Coming out of Language camp was one of toughest things. I remmember saying goodbye to my CBYX friends knowing that we would all have such a different year and that we will all be completly different people when we see each other again. I cried more than when I did when I left Puerto Rico and I was sooo nervous. I remmember when I first met my host family. They came to pick me up and they were enteing the room were a conference was being held for the host families. I panicked...  One of the things I was most nervous for was the first time we would meet. I picked the dress they would see me in a week before and I took about an hour doing my makeup. But when I saw them my dress was not perfect and makeup had wash off because of all the crying. They looked at me and spoke in German. This was the moment I realized that I actually had to know the language. My face got red and my hands started to shake. I said hi, gave them a hug and said I would see them later. To this day I don't really know what they told me.

    My final goodbyes were the toughest. My host family and I had lunch together with some of the other host family. When we were finished and I was signaled by my host family that we had to go I passed along the room to give the final goodbyes to my friends. I had no idea how I still had tears left in me, I hugged them as tightly as I could and was going to give one of my friend Lucas back his bracelet. He said no ,that I can give it to him in mid-year. In this moment I realized that I wasn't saying goodbye to my friends ,but more like a see you later.        

       The car ride with my host family was a bit awkward. I  knew from the beginning of the program that I signed up for not only an amazing life changing expirince ,but also a series of uncomfortable moments with it. This was the first time I felt the language barrier when my family and I attempted to talk the converstion would stop becuase I couldn't understand or express myself adecuatly. They tried tho, my host family really tried to have a conversation with me and I appreciate it even till this day. We went to a town festival in the town and I had a good time with my host family eating and lisening to music.    




Leaving Puerto Rico for Germany Soon!

Only twenty two days till departure to Washington. The days are going by so fast! I haven't seen my interview friends for months and I really miss them. We made a really good connection, even though we were only together for two days we all instantly became friends. I can't wait to start my journey with them and get to share our experiences in different schools and regions.

Living in Puerto Rico all my life I have never been exposed to cold weather, nor have any clothes to keep me protected from the chilly days. Last week I went with my mother to the mall and bought a whole new closet. Sweaters, long pants, coats.. you name it, I bought it. I hadn't told anyone about my future plans for my senior year until the class of 2016 senior exit happened. It's funny to see how other people react. Most are supportive and interested in the type of program I'll be doing. I can talk for hours now about Germany and the places I plan to visit, the things I plan to learn, and do. Some even get so involved in the conversation that they ask me to send them a link of the program,so they can apply. I'm so glad I get to do that, inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and study abroad. Some of the adults I speak to about my future look at my mother with a disapproving face. You see letting your sixteen year old daughter study abroad in a place where she knows no one or even the language is a bit crazy in their mind but, for my mother it's a perfect learning opportunity. I have always been an adventurous and curious person, always wandering off into the unknown, constantly questioning my surroundings. My mother has accepted this and is basically letting me fly.

Now when people ask me about my senior year I've basically have it memorized what I tell them. They all ask the same questions: How?, Are you graduating?, Do you know any German?, Wait, your mother is letting you go?!, How is she dealing with it? Aren't you nervous? Who are you going to live with?, Do you know anyone there?

This is basically a cut down of what I tell them:

Yeah I'm going to live in Germany for a year, I'm going to be doing the Congress of Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. I applied online and depending if I have enough time, I tell them the whole application process. I am graduating, I'm completing classes needed during summer and online to receive my diploma. I don't know any real German, just some words here and there ,but I'm going to start some classes with a friend that did the program last year. Yes, my mother is letting me go, even though she cries almost every time I mention how many days are left. I am nervous ,but more enthusiastic. I am living with a host family which I already met. I feel very lucky ,they are really nice, and my host siblings are awesome. I haven't met anyone in Germany in person ,but I'll be with my interview friends and I'm pretty social so I don't think making friends will be a problem.