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I know, it’s been awhile. I have been avoiding writing this type of post for all sorts of reasons. However, I’d like to get it written because I think it’s a good idea to document what these last few weeks have meant in relation to my exchange. Four weeks ago,... Continue reading
Fact: I am emotional. The last week of exchange has been absolutely wonderful, and absolutely emotional. And thereby absolutely exhausting. One of the many things I've learned this year is how to be more open about my emotions and that has definitely been unlocked ten-fold this week because of the... Continue reading
The other day, I found myself in a very unique situation. It wasn’t one I hadn’t been in before. As a matter of fact, it was a situation I spent the better part of four months in. I found myself understanding *nothing*. Zero. Null. Nichts. Funnily enough, it wasn’t because... Continue reading
Some facts: There are no water fountains, mail boxes, or ceiling fans in Germany. Apparently it’s weird to eat bread with spaghetti? Is this an American thing? I feel like it’s normal to eat garlic bread specifically with spaghetti? Maybe this is just my family I have no idea Bathroom... Continue reading
I’m in a time crunch at the moment so I will write a big full update about the following within the next few days: End-year Seminar in Berlin with CIEE Lots and lots and lots of tears I am not ready to leave this place Having the opportunity to sing... Continue reading
I realized the other day that I will be leaving Germany in six weeks. Forty days as of today, actually. And that is c r a z y. I have some very mixed feelings about coming home. I am thrilled to see my family and friends and be home for... Continue reading
Exchange is a long and crazy emotional ride, and it is one I consider myself extraordinarily privileged to have experienced. That being said, there are things I: love, find difficult, will miss, and was surprised, about exchange. Lots of things will fall into several categories, because with exchange, to use... Continue reading
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It has been two months since I have so much as written a single word on this blog. I have been busy busy busy! And I swore at the beginning of the year that I would be *consistent*, but alas. I have failed myself. I apologize for my absence and... Continue reading
**Please note! I began writing this post about two months ago!** Hello dear readers! It’s been a hot second since I’ve written on this blog, so I apologize for my absence but am happy to be back! When I’d last written, I was a happy lil American living the dream... Continue reading
Hello friends, I’ve been wanting to write a January update, but not too much has been blowing up in terms of news this month. Two posts ago (accessible here), I wrote a long account of fun adventures that I did at the beginning of January, and things have been laying... Continue reading
Today is January 15th, 2017, and today is the halfway mark of my exchange year. I don't have a million fun things to write about since I last wrote a few days ago, but today feels like sort of a milestone, so I thought I'd commemorate it with some type... Continue reading
So. A LOT has happened since I last sat down to write a real blog post with real updates, so I will do my best to make this a good post that’s not too unbearably long (we’ll see). There are a few things I wanted to write about in this... Continue reading
I have been promising a long blog post update for a long time, and I have failed to do so! I have stolen a little bit of time to write right now, but rather than a post, I am writing a list of 16 things I have learned this year.... Continue reading
Last week, I received one of those Facebook “memories” notifications that show you what you posted on this day in the past. I clicked on the notification and was brought to a series of pictures I had posted about a year ago after dyeing my hair blue for a show... Continue reading
Okay, the title is sort of a lie. This post is for everyone! It is for any future applicant who also happens to be LGBT, and it is for every adult and ally that wants to better understand what it is like to be LGBT abroad, most specifically Germany. I... Continue reading
Yes, I am living in Germany. Okay. I’m gonna do this whole live in Germany thing. Okay. Cool. The above sentiments, though rather ineloquent, do pass through my mind on a regular basis. They come in the good moments and the hard moments, and never cease to make me pause... Continue reading
(Written originally September 6, 2016) Hi! Germany here. Young American? Ah, yes. Here, let me throw you a million things you never ever knew. The above sentence about summarizes my last two weeks here! It is in NO WAY a bad thing. Quite the opposite! Lots and lots of things... Continue reading
(Written originally on August 26, 2016) “Ich spreche kein Deutsch.” It’s fitting that the phrase I know best in German translates to “I don’t speak German”. Just kidding! I mean I’m not kidding that that’s the phrase I know best, but I actually do feel positive about my German. Some... Continue reading
I apologize for the inevitable typos and incoherent sentences that accompany this post- I am in the hotel in Washington, DC at Pre-Departure Orientation (otherwise known as PDO). The hotel doesn’t have wifi in the rooms (which I have personal qualms with considering the cost of the hotel, but that’s... Continue reading
(Written originally on August 4th, 2016) I wanted to come up with a more creative name for the title of this post, but I really want to talk about the past few days, and I realize that everything that has gone on in my life recently is defined by lasts.... Continue reading
(written originally on August 1st, 2016) Hello readers! I will address each of the above mentioned phenomena. First, and least important: The Uncomfortable Couch I am in the middle of an eight hour long and grueling technical rehearsal. I am also sitting on an Uncomfortable Couch. The Uncomfortable Couch is... Continue reading
(written originally on June 7th, 2016) If you understand the reference, I apologize profusely. If you don’t, please contact me for an enthusiastic and unnecessarily long conversation about musical theatre. Here’s the deal: I hadn’t expected to really be blogging until I had received a host family placement, but I... Continue reading
If you’re reading this post, you might be my mom or one of my friends, but this will be most helpful to you if you are interested in applying! Just to recap, CBYX is a program that sends 250 American high school students to Germany for a year on full... Continue reading
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