Ulricianer abroad [4/x]: Lisa in Addison/Michigan „with a wonderful family“
one Year in a different country isn‘t only a chance to find a second family, new friends, and to learn another language perfectly; it is also a lot of hard work. My name is Lisa Libuschewski and I am in 10th grade. I am in America for ten months. I don’t really know why I decided to go to America but I guess it was about the high school and the new culture. So I left Germany in September with the hope of having a great time.
When I arrived everything seemed to be awesome, my host mom was really nice and I liked her house. But after a while it started to get worse and worse. She just kept doing mean things and didn’t treat me in the right way. That’s why I decided to switch my host family. I think that was one of the hardest decisions for me, yet. Being in a foreign country without my parents or anybody I really knew, I felt homeless. My mom in Germany told me that I could come back anytime but I didn’t want to give up. I knew how much money she spent to let me go to America and I didn’t want to waste it just because of one person. But even though my host mom wasn’t really nice, the people in my school were and helped me to find a new family.
And now I am living in Addison, Michigan with a wonderful family. I live in a beautiful house with my host parents, my younger brother, a bigger sister, two dogs and one old cat. My host parents work a lot, so I always enjoy the time we can spend together when they get a day off. Fortunately I don’t have to ride the bus to my school because my host sister is 17 and has already her own license and car. By the way, really everybody has a car in America and you can’t do anything without a car!
Our school starts at 8am and everybody has to be in their class for the attendance, morning announcements and the pledge of allegiance, which I learned pretty fast after the first two weeks. I have 7 hours of school total with a required lunch break during which you can’t leave school campus. Between each hour we have 4 minutes to go to our locker and switch books or whatever you wanna do. The schedule is pretty different to the German one because we have the same classes every day. But even though it sounds weird, it is pretty cool. Because you can focus better on those seven subjects and get better grades.
Generally the American school is easier than in Germany. The teacher grade more the effort you put into your work than your actual work. After school you usually do sports, clubs or just go home. At the beginning I did Sideline Cheer for the football season. But Football stops in winter therefore Basketball and Wrestling start.
Even though America sounds like fun and a lot of free time, you still have to go to school, do your homework and your chores. But I never would swap this year for anything else! I have grown up and learned the way of life in America already so much in these past five months.