The first day was actually last wednesday, but I think it's a very important part of my exchange year, so nevertheless I want to write a blogarticle about my first day(s) or week.
How I was expecting, the first day was very hectical, although the Cumberland High isn't a very big school. Everybody was talking at me and asked me questions, which I either thought were very stupid, didn't want to answer or just didn't understand. Students are very good in mumbling...
Examples for unnecessary questions: "Do you have cars in Germany?"; "Do you know Barack Obama?"; "Did you ever see a bird?" ... I'm able to put another 10 questions on the list, but I think everbody have understood what I'm talking about. :D
That was very entertaining but also exhausting :O ... The classes had been almost the same, every teacher introduced us into their edmodo - group, we had to sign in and gave us some safety formulars for their rooms. If you didn't give them back at the next day, you have immediately 5 points less...! So take that serious!
In american High Schools every student has a locker to put his/her school stuff in. And you definetely need them. All of my books are thicker than 3 cm and very heavy. Than you have additionally your laptop bag and if your joining a sportteam (which I do) your sport clothes... I would never be able to squeeze all these thing in my school locker. So we have also a gym locker, which are only for sport team members and your are not allowed to put your laptop in :D
After the 4th hour it's lunch time. In my opinion, the school lunch in our school is very good (for school lunch). But almost everyone is complaining about how bad it is. They're cooking the lunch at school and having everyday fresh salate a.s.o. . But the students are prefering BurgerKing or gas station snacks!? Not understandable for me :D So all in all my first days were really good, I got to talk to many people and am getting used to the students and their peculiarities. Most of them are really friendly and tolerant to exchange students. Of course, there are some guys who are joking about Germany (a.s.o.) but they're also nice.
The teachers here are anyway open to every person and also in a good mood. My favorite one is my
precalc-teacher. This Friday we wrote a "partner-test" (no joke!), which we could taking home if we weren't ready with all assignments. And after the schoolbell was ringing he began to sing:
"It's Friday, it's Friday!" And we should sing with him. It was just funny. :-P Oh my god, school in Germany will be horrible for me, when I'm coming back. I already know that!