I think a vacation is what I needed to make this place feel a little more like home. Being away from my host home and being in Spain for 5 days made me realize how much I actually missed my host home and family. (But not near as much as I miss my real family and friends.)
Monday was our first day back from break. We were grouped by how we did during September in our month of intensive language class. I was put in the highest group you could be placed in. Then all the kids in my group (about 60 of us) had to take another test to divide us up even more. The test was reading and answers questions and then there was another part where we had to write an essay. I am very confident in my writing skills but I am not a very good reader in foreign languages. After I got out of the test I felt HORRIBLE about the reading part. I pictured them posting the results and I would get bumped down to beginner because of how bad I did. Like the director of the program was going to send me a note telling me to just quit studying French now. But no, thankfully out of the 5 possible levels to place in, I got placed in the second highest class – exactly where I wanted to be. The students in the highest level have to write a 30 page research paper by December. I have a wonderful teacher and I like my class. All this week is a week of trying out classes and figuring out your schedule. There are about 20 classes we can choose from and then we can go to them and see if we like them and if we do then we keep going, if not then we don’t go anymore. I think they need to make this in the United States. This is the best thing ever.
My mom, step-dad and sister will be here in 35 days, my wonderful boyfriend will be here in 45 days and my grandparents will be here in about a month and a half too. (Not like I’m counting any of those days down or anything). I can’t wait for all of them to get here so I can show them my home away from home and just hug family. I just want to hug my own family. Coming from a rather affectionate family and then being completely on my own is a little difficult. But I am getting used to it. I have only been here a month and would suggest studying abroad to anyone and everyone. It is the most hard, scary, crazy, terrifying, frustrating, fun, and exciting growing up experience that I have ever done and probably will ever do. You think college makes you grow up…No way. We’re all still babies in a disguise of an “adult” body. We all still call our parents when things don’t go our way, don’t go to class and make excuses about everything. It’s a whole new world here.