When I got here, I didn't really know what to expect. As a kid I watched a lot of movies about high schools and I remember thinking my Dutch school would be just like that. It turned out to be very different but I didn't mind.
Now I'm going to a high school here in the United States. I thought back on how high schools were in the movies. I got very scared when I remember how those schools where. It looked like a lot of fun, but it also looked very scary. So many different people, different classes, different language. Everything would be different. I just did not know what to expect. I was very happy that my two cousins also went to the same school. It made it a little bit better knowing I would not be completely alone.
The first big difference is how I'm getting to school. No more bicycle! My 16 yr old cousin has a car and she is kind enough to pick me up. I'm lucky, most kids have to take the big yellow school buses. Seeing all the students entering the school building on the first day looked like a movie scene to me. The only thing missing was the cute guy that would bump into me in the hall, haha, just kidding. It really looked like a movie when I got my locker. It was huge. My old locker was very small, and I only saw those big lockers in the movies.
The first day went very well. The only thing I did not like was lunch. I felt like the new girl you see in the movies. Awkwardly walking in the cafeteria looking for a place to sit, not knowing anyone. Finally some nice girls let me join their table. Lunch is still my least favorite thing on school. Everyone I know from classes has a different lunch break than me, but it is okay.
My first sports game was on a Friday. It was a girls soccer game. That really made it into a movie experience. We don't have sport games like that at my old school. We don't have cheerleaders. When I saw all of that I really looked forward to see the American football game.
School here is the center of social life. Back home, there are many different schools in town. Here, there is only one big school. Back home, all the non-school activities like sports, dance lessons, music lessons, arts etc are done all over town. Here, it is all organized via school. I can see now why there are so many movies and series about life in high school. High school here is so much more than just following lessons. It is basically everything.
Going to school here is very interesting. It is a very cool experience. Sometimes I do miss my old school. I miss being in a small school, knowing everyone there, knowing my teachers very well and not having this much homework. But I do not regret going. I'm learning so much. I'm so glad that I've gotten this opportunity.
I'm looking forward to the rest of this year!
Stay tuned :)