Some fun facts about being an exchange student in the US:
You know you’re an exchange student when:
· you automatically introduce yourself with “Hey. I am______. From ______.”
· you have a 80% chance that people you talk to will not exactly know where your home country is situated.
· you call people your family with who, some month ago, you’ve never even talked before.
· you really have to concentrate to speak your native language; English just feels so much easier right now.
· you wonder if your clothes shrink in the dryer or you’re just gaining weight.
· you have experienced that you say something and all people around you start laughing and you wonder what you just said.
· people in school ask you the funniest questions about your home country.
· you sometimes miss food from home more than everything else.
· you have become an expert in packing and unpacking suitcases.
· you already pretended not to understand something your teacher said about homework just because you were to lazy to do it
· every second person asks you to say something in your native language and whatever you say, they think it’s awesome.
· you’ve finally learned in the last months how to make your laundry on your own
· you watch all kind of trashy shows on TV and still feel good because you heard it helps your vocabulary.
· you know curse words in 20 languages because that’s what exchange students teach each other.
· you sometimes forget that you’re host family is not your real family.
· you have to start looking up words on Google translation (but not from your native language to English but from English to your native language!)
· you feel like your stomach has grown twice its size.
· in your dreams people of your home country start to speak English to you.
· you are better than your teacher in your foreign language class.
· people keep forgetting where exactly you are from: “Oh, aren’t you the girl from Russia/ Australia/ Germany/ Denmark/ …?”
· you’re sick of America’s public transportation system and you would love to ride the train or bus that back home you’ve always hated.
· you get packages from home just filled with food you liked back home and can’t get here.
· wherever you go you keep looking for pins that you can put on your blazer.
· people nearly beg you for speaking more with them just because they love your accent.
· you can’t imagine how life will be without refrigerators that dispense iced water and ice cubes, refills in the restaurant, garbage disposals, pancakes for breakfast, American “trash-TV”, people bagging your groceries, American football and so on.
· you have 8 parents, 20 siblings and 15 pets.
written by Inbound Student 2010-2011