Ronja from Norway

Homesickness - January Blog

Hi! My name is Ronja, and I'm an exchange student from Norway! During this year, I'm staying with a super kind family in the city called Tacoma. Tacoma is placed in the state Washington. I’ve been here for approximately 5 months, and I have already experienced so much, both good and bad. Some of the things I want to tell and write about is, homesickness, Thanksgiving, black Friday and, high school.

I came to my family here in the US August 30th. I had a lot of mixed feelings. I felt excited, nervous and scared at the same time. I made it to my final destination, and met the family I was going to stay with for 10 months. I realized that I had nothing to be scared and nervous about. And that’s something I also want to tell to future exchange students, don’t be nervous and scared, you’re only going to get exhausted and stressed, something you really don’t need.

I said to myself before I left Norway that ‘’There’s no way I'm going to feel homesick’’. I was wrong, I was so homesick the first two weeks here. Nothing was wrong with my host family, but all I wanted to do was to go home and hug my mom and dad. If someone had asked me if I wanted to go back home to Norway I would’ve said yes. And I was a 100 percent sure that this wasn’t something for me, but then again, I was wrong. I’m so happy that I overcame my homesickness because there was no way I didn’t want to experience all of the things that I’ve done so far. And to all of you guys out there, contemplating on whether to go on an exchange or to not. All I have to say is, do it. You will not regret going, but you will regret not going. My advice for homesickness is to get up, do stuff and don’t lay in bed getting all depressed, because I managed to do that at the start and that was the worst. Thanksgiving is a big thing in the US, with a lot of food. And when I say a lot, I mean SO much food. My family ate turkey, mashed potatoes, greens, etc. There was so much food, and it was so good! Later on we played games and watched movies. This day was so nice and fun. And to get the opportunity to be apart of this was so cool!

Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving, and we actually have black Friday in Norway to, but not as crazy as here. The black Friday sale already started on thanksgiving, and people even dropped thanksgiving and stayed in a tent outside of the stores so they could be the first ones in. Crazy right!? The lines on black Friday were so long and I feel like it wasn’t worth all the lines and time spent in the lines. But again, a cool experience!

There is no secret that American High School is way different from Norwegian High Schools both academic and social. The academic level is way lower and easier than in Norway. And a lot of the stuff I'm learning now is something I already learned two years ago. But the social part of the American high schools are so much more here, and I love it! All the sports, school spirits, assemblies and pep rallies makes the school a fun place to be. Especially at the games! We don’t have that type of school spirit in Norway, nor do we have sports through school.

This isn’t even half of the stuff I’ve done so far, and I’m excited to tell and show you more of my life in the US!

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