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Back in little Denmark July 16, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, High School, Hostfamily, Norton, USA.
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A lot of things have changed back here, just as I predicted.! It was really weird being here, seeing people that I haven’t seen in over a year. Me and my friends had a party the same day I arrived, and I got pretty drunk, even though I didn’t drink very much. That’s because I haven’t had anything alcoholic while I was in USA. My friends have also changed. They have done a lot of stuff, gone clubbing, wild partying, that I even haven’t tried yet, since I wasn’t able to do that in the US. But they probably think I have changed too, though.

There has also been changes in the close family. First, my dad got a girlfriend. I was very excited to meet her, and I was not dissapointed. I can really see why my dad likes her. Before I met her, I asked my family about her, and they all liked her very much. I really do like her too. She is always happy and she always has a big smile on her face, and I like that. She even likes to joke around, and I have laughed a lot with her, even though I’ve only known her for a couple of weeks.

I am happy to be home, but I am definately gonna miss my American family, Norton High, my American friends, and overall the life in America. It has been fun to try and live as an American for a year, and I have definately learned a lot.

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Update May 22, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Friends, Girlfriend, High School, Hostfamily, Megan, Norton, Pictures, USA.
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Short:
I broke up with Megan, I got my Letter for my Letterman jacket, school is almost over, and seniors are all gone.

Long:
Me and Megan are not together anymore. Since after prom she has been acting weird towards me, and I didn’t know why, still up to this day. She just started to ignore me, and I was always the one who had to text her, or start a conversation. It was like she didn’t care about me. Well this monday she came up with this stupid-ass excuse about her working all summer, so she wouldn’t be able to hang out with me that much, so we decided to end it. I was going to end the relationship soon anyway because I was the one keeping it going. Our relationship was weird in the first place, we didn’t really see each other that much after school and it just wasn’t like a normal relationship, but then how normal can it be when you know that I am going home soon. Well, I kinda think that the only reason why she went out with me was that she needed a prom date, but then prom didn’t seem very significant when we first started seeing each other, and flirt with each other during the winter play. I really don’t know what her real reason was why she broke up, but now she won’t even talk to my sister Ashley, whom she tutored in Spanish at one time.

Another thing that happened was that I got my letter for participation in band. A letter is basicly a big N made in cool fabric that you put on your letterman jacket, and I am really excited that I got that letter, because I wasn’t really expecting it. Now my jacket is at the tailor so they can put it on!

Wednesday was a very sad day. We said goodbye to all the seniors, since they get out of school early, and it was kinda sad since a lot of my friends were seniors! The next time I will see them might not be until my going away party.

This was just a little update. Got my prom picture of me and Megan too, even though we are not together anymore, and she basicly treats me like I don’t exist.

Prom

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Prom May 14, 2008

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I know that this post is a little late, but I’ve had a lot going on which I will come back to. First I wanna talk about Prom. Prom was last saturday and it was probably the best night I’ve had in a long time. I was kinda nervous about it, since the last dance I had been to was Homecoming, but it was with another date than Megan. First we started off by eating at her house. We had Chicken Alfredo and it was really good. After the dinner, we got pictures taken. Megans mom is a photographer, so she has her little studio in the basement. I still haven’t got the pictures yet, but I ordered them on a cd. The dance itself was at the University of Akron, and it was only for Juniors and Seniors. We got there about 40 minutes after the doors had opened, so everyone was alteady on the dancefloor. We immediatly began dancing and the evening was overall a blast. Megans parents were chaperones, they were there to oversee that everything was going well, and of course her mom had her camera with her, so she took a lot of pictures of us. I cant wait to see them.

After prom we went to the schools After-prom, which also was at the University of Akron. It was held at the Student Recreation and Wellness center, so there was a lot of stuff to do. They had a pool, there were 5 different gyms, a rockclimping wall, and a lot of other stuff. The only bad thing about it was that we had to stay there until 3:30 in the morning. At about 3 o’clock everybody was really tired and nobody really wanted to do anything. Even when they were announcing who got the grand prizes, which were iPods, Free Cedar Point tickets, Rockband, people were so tired that they didn’t really care that they won.

So I came home at around 4 o’clock in the morning, and I was completely smashed the day after. Not very good when it was mothers day, and I basicly had breakfast at some old country restaurant. No it was not old fashioned breakfast, it was mashed potatoes and steak.

I am very liberal!! May 7, 2008

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Today we took a personality test in American Government. The test was called “How Liberal are you?”. You would answer yes or no on a lot of questions, and they would add up. The higher the score, the more liberal you are. I got a 47 out of 59, which was the second highest in my class. I would have gotten higher if I had understood a couple of the questions correctly, but people kinda laughed, since I have been known to express very socialistic views in class, like I have said that access to free healthcare should be a basic right, which my teacher Mrs. Vaill got really excited about that I said, because she also is very liberal. I like Mrs. Vaill. She is one of the good social studies teachers, even though a lot of people find her classes boring. Well at least I don’t have to copy 6 pages of tiny computer print into my notebook once every couple of months, like I do in my other Social Studies class taught by Mr. Weber.

Two months with the girlfriend April 27, 2008

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So yesterday was actually our two month day, but since she was busy and I was kinda busy too, we decided to go on a date today (sunday) instead of yesterday. I had told her friday night that I wanted to take her to the mall, rather have her drive us, since I can’t drive a car :S. She said she had to go to her grandma’s house saturday night, so we decided to do it sunday, so we would have more time. I was pretty excited, since I had already planned out where in the mall we were going. She picked me up around 1 o’clock, and we drove to the mall, where we found this italian restaurant where we had lunch. The food was really good, real italian, even with french fries that had parmasan spread over them. Not as bad as it sounds.

I paid for the food, and we went into the mall. The restaurant was built in the same building as the mall itself, except that it had a separate entrance, and you couldn’t just walk through to get into the mall. There I kinda lead the way. We were looking at some shops until we came to our destination, the Build-A-Bear Workshop. I had planned this out for a couple of days now, that I would take her to that workshop, and we would make a bear for her. She didn’t expect that, and she was very happy when she found out what was going on. She really loved it. We ended up making a monkey with a graduation dress on it, since she is graduating this year. It was really fun making the bear, and I could tell she was really enjoying it. After she made her monkey, we just walked around the mall, holding hands and looked at the different shops, until we ended up at Starbucks Coffee shop, where we had something to drink. We stayed there a little while just talking and having fun. After that, she took me home. She just kinda parked in the driveway and we said goodbye, but when I came inside, my mom wanted to see the bear we made. She already knew that we were going there, of course, so I called Megan and she turned around and came back and showed her the monkey, and we all talked for a little while.

This was a really good date, and it was our first real date, too. We’ve spend time together, and she’s been over here a couple of times, but this was a real date, and we need to do this more often. Just need to find a new idea of what to do. Maybe we could go to the movies or something…

Prom is freakin’ expensive April 15, 2008

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Since Prom is only 25 days away, I have started to look for Tuxedos. I already have a suit, but a Tuxedo is different, and I kinda want a different style than the jacket I already have. I have started looking around, and I discovered today that just renting a Tuxedo including shoes can cost up to $125, or about 590 DKK, JUST FOR RENTING!! A cheap tuxedo can cost from $250-$300. I didn’t really expect that. I knew the ticket for prom is already $45 (About 220 DKK), plus you need tickets for afterprom, flowers for your girl, and much more. So prom can easily go up to be $200-$225 before you know it. That’s an expensive affair! But on the other hand it is definately worth it, and I am really looking forward to it. May 10th is the day!

Denmark? March 26, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, High School, Norton, USA.
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I have done a lot of thinking lately. I know, it is not very healthy to think too much, but I do it anyway. What would happen if I stayed here?

It is just a thought I have been playing with in my mind. What if I chose to become an American citizen and settle down here. I mean, I am almost 17 years old, and time is soon to choose what I wanna do with my life. I’ve got a great girlfriend here, and everytime she is in my arms I would never want to leave, but at some point I have to let go of her. I don’t want that to happen. I could stay here and become a Senior at Norton High School and then finally experience the marching season in Band and maybe try out for Baseball, and I could get to graduate. And best of all, I could stay with Meg, or could I? She has to go to Kent State University, and she already got a room in a dorm, so I would only be able to see her on the weekends. Would I be able to live with that?

Another thing is, I already have a home back in little Denmark. That home has changed too, although. My dad’s got a girlfriend, and the group never really see each other anymore since Felix and Lullu broke up. Even my cat has changed, since it is limping on one foot. You kinda forget when you are away for so long that life doesn’t stand still, no matter how much you want it to. I come home to a changed life. I have to start a whole new education, make new friends, and start over again. I already did this twice, first when I came to Revere, and then when I moved to Norton. I had one advantage, though. I was foreign, I had no reputation, nothing to live up to, and I swear I act a whole lot different over here than what I did at home. I have grown alot during this stay.

But do I really want to stay in USA? There’s things here that bothers me, for example the Bush administration, the way Americans sue each other, some of their cultural stuff, but since I’ve been away from danish culture so long, I’ve kinda forgotten the bad things in my culture. There is bad thing everywhere in this world, even in little Denmark, even though I can’t remember any right now.

This post didn’t answer any of my questions and for now I will leave them unanswered, but the time comes when I have to choose one of the two paths I can walk down, each path containing great joy and great pain. No matter which one I choose, it will bring sorrow and pain, because I have to leave one group of loved ones behind. The question is, which one do I leave behind…..?

OGT week March 11, 2008

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This week is OGT week. OGT is an exam for the 10th graders, or Sophomores as they are called. This means that everyone else has to come in at 10:30 am instead of 7:30, so there is 3 hours of extra sleep right there! YAY.

Worst snowstorm in 30 years. March 9, 2008

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They’ve declared Ohio in a state of Emergency. The weather is really terrible. There’s about 2 feet of snow everywhere, and people are crashing here and there on the highway. It has practically been snowing all day long, and it took Ashleys boyfriend Jason 2 and half hour to drive from Cleveland down to Norton. Cleveland is about 30 miles north from here, and of course it is worse up there, because it is near Lake Erie, and up there is called “The Snowbelt”.

Whitneys party wasn’t cancelled, but only 5 people besides me, Whitney, Aimee and Ashley, showed up, so we’ve got a lot of cake left, since we ordered it so 45 people could have a piece. She is going to have her party next saturday, though, so she has to get another cake.

Band contest cancelled March 8, 2008

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This is actually the first time I really hated the snow. Yesterday we were supposed to go to Revere High School (my old school) for a Band contest, but since it started snowing heavily, and the weather cast promised up to 3 feet (almost 1 meter) by sunday morning. Plus the state of Ohio is almost out of salt, which is not very good. This winter has actually been pretty bad, for what my family says, and March is not even over yet. They say March is the worst month with a lot of snowfall.

I was pretty mad when I heard they cancelled the contest friday, because it was going to be really fun. We were going to leave a little after school, and around 6 o’clock we were going to the mall to get something to eat. Plus me and Meg were supposed to sit on the bus together, and it would have been so much fun. Since they cancelled the District contest, as this was, everyone was automatically qualified to the State Contest, which Norton has not been in since 3 years ago. It’s on April 25th, and I really hope I can go.

Another thing. I am going to hang out with Meg on sunday, which I am pretty excited for, since that is our first time alone together! 🙂 Another thing is, I asked her out to prom, and she said yes. Prom is a really big thing over here, and it’s going to take place at Akron University, and I am just really looking forward to it.