Along with passing the 100 Days in Germany date, November flewwwwww by. I had a couple really challenging days where I felt like I was struggling with everything (though I really am not and doing well). The rest of the time were good days with my friends and host family.
A highlight was celebrating Thanksgiving with my host family. It was their first experience with the American tradition. It was also my first time baking pumpkin pie. I felt grateful for the support and friendship of both everyone here in Germany and America.
I also visited Belgium for the first time. Just a thirty minute train ride and I was surrounded by French and a whole different culture!
I'm settling into my life here. Monday: gym, German lesson. Tuesday: badminton. Wednesday: gym, German lesson. Thursday: free after school. Friday: tennis. Saturday and Sunday: sleep in, relax, do art, work on college apps, gym, and spend time with my host family and friends. Meanwhile, I'm speaking mostly German. I hardly have conversations in English anymore.
I also realized that I'm becoming more resilient and capable. I’m more politically and culturally aware and more empathetic and knowledgeable. As a foreign newcomer, it’s sometimes difficult as I don’t speak the language fluently and come from a different culture. Nonetheless, I ask many questions and speak German to immerse myself. I remember to keep a positive and open-minded attitude, knowing that being an outsider at times and facing cultural and emotional challenges are part of the educational experience and a situation many people, especially immigrants, encounter.