A couple weeks ago I attended this confrence at Michigan and it was the coolest thing ever! The reason I'm writing this a little late is because my baby sister lost my phone and my house didn't have wifi. But now 2 of those things are fixed, my phone is still lost but I have wifi.
Alright, so day one was decent. I had awkward moments with some kids because I tried making conversation with them but then they just all ended huddling back into their groupies. It wasn't till noon where all the action started and my friend Elizabeth FINALLY ARRIVED. Let's be aware, by this time I wasn't as close as the other members in my district plus we were all scattered around.
Our first session parents and students had to go into separate buildings. It's kind of funny because I was walking with my dad, and it wasn't untill I realized I was going the wrong way because there were NO students, so I was like "Oh crap! I'm going the wrong way!" I left almost running because I didn't know what way to go and I was afraid I was going to be late. So as I was walking back, some lady saw I was lost. She then approached me, and started a quick conversation. The first thing she said was like "Oh hey, how are you? Where are you heading," then I responded with something like "Oh I'm lost, I'm suppose to be going with the outbounds students but I can't find my way." When I told her my country she was so excited because she told me her son was going to the same country as me. Afterwards, she told me where to go and there I went. At this small session, it was werid because everyone was talking to each other and there I was... alone. Now, here is something funny I thought I was in the wrong room because there students were talking about Finland and I was like freaking out bc I thought I was in the wrong room. I was like "traga me tierra." I was in the right room, wrong place. I then went to where all the Denmark people were and started conversations with them. Next thing you know, I was having conversation with this one kid, and realized I just met his mom. From there we started talking and throughout the day we started a friendship. The day was pretty chill.
Second session was much better/funner. By this time I was already close with the girls in my district and Mike S. SHOUT OUT TO YA'LL :D
Before the fun activites we had sessions all day. There was one where we were late because my dad and I seriously couldn't find the Chapel. We walked all around and we were sure we were going to arrive but we never did. It's not that we couldn't read maps, the maps were confusing. It was more like the "it's not you, it's me" type of situation. Except, the me in here was the map. Once we arrived we wanted to sit in the very back of the chapel so we wouldn't catch people attention so we took some stairs thinking it was going to take us to a balcony or something but I accidently opened a door to a classroom where there were people. Another whoopsies. Honestly, I was cherishing those moments because it's not always an everyday thing to do with my dad. It was almost as if I was exploring some jungle or something. The college was pretty big and long. Anyways, after that session there was a soccer and volleyball tournament. At the field, I met this girl from Minnesota, and she was from Colombia. She asked me if I wanted to play volleyball and I said sure. From there then, I played volleyball with many other students and it was so much fun. Afterwards, we started exchanging pins, and that was even cooler! I don't know there was alot going on the second day. To make it a little short after that we had a talent show and then we had a dance party. It was pretty fun, but then I felt a little too tired so I went back to the dorm. I was about to shower and hit the bed but who had one last seesion. It was 12, and we went down the basement where there was another district. Then, the nicest thing happened to me. So Don called me and gave me a cookie with a candle and announced it was my birthday so then everyone started to sing. After that, we all went upstairs and didn't sleep untill 3am. We spent the night just chilling, singing, putting pins in our blazers. It was a pretty chill night. It's crazy how close one can get with a short amount of days. I'm very happy I got to meet these people. It just proves that at the end, everyone is like family. Regardless, from where you come from or who you are.. exchange students will always be there for one another.