Hope this provides some valuable information to anyone that is about to become a exchange student or just interesting in how life as a foreign student in America is like.
I came to U.S. as a international student almost 4 years ago. I attend a private high school in a small city called Appleton in Wisconsin.
August 2012, a 14-year-old girl, me, got off the airplane landed in Appleton, Wisconsin. I had never been to the United States before. However, as a big fan of Gossip Girl, someplace like New York CIty was what I was expecting. I did not get to peek out side the window of the tiny airplane that brought me here simply because I was sleeping- being in airports and on airplanes for 17+ hours is really exhausting.
" Are you Krystal?", My host mum, a five foot red head lady in her 50s.
SHE IS EVEN SHORTER THAN ME! that's what I thought at first lol. As an Asian girl, it is really rare to see anyone in America even smaller than me.
She is a really nice lady. We talked all the way home in the car. She told me I spoke really good English (thanks to Gossip Girl and ANTM?（＾∀＾）)
I was really surprised with the views outside the windows. Trees all over the place! comparing to Hong Kong and China, it felt like I was in the woods instead of a city road.
It is actually kind of nice to live in a smaller city like Appleton.
- Safety: lower crime rate
- Health: more nature, cleaner air
- People are generally a lot nicer than in bigger cities
- Weather: this could be bad to good depend on the individuals, I love the winter here
Here's all for part one. Please let me know in the comments if you want me to talk about a specific topic or any questions about my life. God bless!