Student Blogs

The following blog posts are syndicated from recent Speedwell AFS Scholars who are currently studying abroad. These blogs currently include:

christinathepolyglot , GER , 2013
Janae Taft , FRA , 2016
Julia McIntosh , ITA , 2016
Naomi Rohrbaugh , ITA , 2016

Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

January 17, 2016



Findus the cat. But he is also called Garfield.

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January 17, 2016



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January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

January 17, 2016



The Christmas tree. December 24th, 2015

Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school...

January 17, 2016



Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school dance here in much more organized. There is live music, food, ballroom dancing, and much more. There was even a club where all the younger people (anyone 16 or older) were partying. And there was a lot of alcohol involved. I mean I won a door prize of 2 bottles of wine. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school...

January 17, 2016



Patricia’s Schulball on January 9th, 2016. The idea of a school dance here in much more organized. There is live music, food, ballroom dancing, and much more. There was even a club where all the younger people (anyone 16 or older) were partying. And there was a lot of alcohol involved. I mean I won a door prize of 2 bottles of wine. It was an absolutely amazing experience.

January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

Well I am more realizing the fact that living here feels normal now. When I first got here everything was new and exciting to me. But now that is coming up on the 5 month mark nothing feels like that anymore. The people, my surroundings, the food, the language, and just overall the way of life. Plus I have been able to realize this because I have moved on from what happed in my last host family. My mind is more open now. And I have been able to be much happier and I have learned how to make the best of a bad situation. I have grown stronger!

January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

Well I am more realizing the fact that living here feels normal now. When I first got here everything was new and exciting to me. But now that is coming up on the 5 month mark nothing feels like that anymore. The people, my surroundings, the food, the language, and just overall the way of life. Plus I have been able to realize this because I have moved on from what happed in my last host family. My mind is more open now. And I have been able to be much happier and I have learned how to make the best of a bad situation. I have grown stronger!

How Do You Say ‘Ghoti’?

January 13, 2016
Author: 
christinathepolyglot

The English language is definitely a complex language to learn. For us native speakers, it may not seem so since we’ve been learning it since we were born. However if you look more closely at English words and even pronunciations, you’ll understand why English is so difficult to learn for non native speakers.

If I gave you the word ‘ghoti’, how would you pronounce it? Perhaps like [go-tee] or [guo-tee].

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with...

January 6, 2016

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with respect and like I am a human being. I have a dad, mom, brother, and 2 sisters. I could not have asked for anything better on exchange. It is one of the best things that has happened to me while being on exchange.

Also my German has been improving a lot. Compared to when I first got here I am doing well. I could not even talk/understand anyone when talking. I even studied for 2 months before I left my home country.

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with...

January 6, 2016

So I have been in my new host family for 2 weeks now. I LOVE IT SO MUCH HERE! Here I am treated with respect and like I am a human being. I have a dad, mom, brother, and 2 sisters. I could not have asked for anything better on exchange. It is one of the best things that has happened to me while being on exchange.

Also my German has been improving a lot. Compared to when I first got here I am doing well. I could not even talk/understand anyone when talking. I even studied for 2 months before I left my home country.