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Letter: Anica Bös writes of first month in Worthington

"At school I have made friends relatively quickly, one of whom invited me to my first American wedding dance. This was another new experience for me as I didn’t know the traditional customs."

Mariah and Anica
Mariah Hennings (left) and Crailsheim exchange student Anica Bös enjoyed a trip to the Wisconsin Dells prior to the start of the school year.
(Special to The Globe)
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Hello Friends,

I am Anica Bös. I am 15 years old and come from Crailsheim, Germany. In February of this year I was invited to be the new representative for the Worthington-Crailsheim student exchange for the 2022-2023 year and could not be happier.

I can’t believe that it’s already been a month since I arrived and I am writing my first letter to you. I’ll start from the beginning. On August 10, at 11:50 a.m., I left my home country for one year, flying from Frankfurt to Minneapolis. After this long journey, I was warmly welcomed by my guest father and my guest sister Rick and Mariah Hennings with a welcome poster. We drove three hours by car to Brewser. Once there, I met Lyn, the mother, and Hayden, the brother.

The second week in America I started playing tennis. This is a completely new experience for me, but it is a lot of fun for me. In the same week, we went on vacation to the Wisconsin Dells and stayed at a water theme park, Mt. Olympus, that was very nice. We went on a boat tour and went to a zoo, I dared to ride a roller coaster for the first time, and I had a lot of fun at the slides in the water park!

After our trip, school soon started. I was particularly afraid of this because Worthington High School is very big compared to my school in Crailsheim. There I experienced some culture shock because school works very differently here than in Germany. One of the differences is that here you can choose most of the subjects yourself, which is something I really like about this school system. Another shock is that the school day here goes on for so long and on some days you arrive home very late, for example, when you have a sports game that day. In Germany sports are not part of the school system.

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At school I have made friends relatively quickly, one of whom invited me to my first American wedding dance. This was another new experience for me as I didn’t know the traditional customs. I attended my first American high school football game. That was a nice experience. And I’m looking forward to many more great things and new experiences like Homecoming, Turkey Day, Prom and all the other typical American traditions that are celebrated here.

I would like to thank everyone who keeps this city friendship alive and supports the Worthington-Crailsheim student exchange, which makes this wonderful year possible for me.

Sincerely,
Anica Bös
2022-2023 Crailsheim-Worthington Student

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