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Letter: Crailsheim student getting settled in Worthington

Dear City of Worthington, My name is Svenja Wieser, I'm 17 years old, and I'm the new exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany. I now have been here in Worthington for seven weeks already, but it seems a lot shorter than that because during this...

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Dear City of Worthington,

My name is Svenja Wieser, I'm 17 years old, and I'm the new exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany. I now have been here in Worthington for seven weeks already, but it seems a lot shorter than that because during this time I've already done and experienced so many different things.

I came back with Brittany Berger. Our flight went very well. We didn't have any problems.

The Berger family welcomed us very warmly and the next day organized a little party for Brittany and me. I have met a lot of new people so far, and some of them will be my new classmates.

I really was very excited about coming to America and to Worthington, but slowly I'm getting used to the everyday life here. I have settled well here in Worthington, and I think this is a lot because of my host family, the Bergers. They are all really, really nice, and we're having a lot of fun together. They helped me a lot during this process, and I really would like to say thank you for everything they have done for me so far.

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We went to Denver, Colo., on vacation, and it was awesome. We stayed there for one week and did a lot of things. For example, we went to the Royal Gorge, which is about 321 meters high, and the world's highest suspension bridge. It was really impressive to walk over it. Another thing we did was go to Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. There we drove up to the summit with a railway and enjoyed the wonderful view over the Rocky Mountains. Then, on top of Pikes Peak, my host brother Brandon and I climbed around the rocks there, which made our parents really nervous.

On the last day of our trip in Colorado, we went to a baseball game of the Colorado Rockies. I never have seen a baseball game before, and so this was a great experience for me to sit in this big stadium. The atmosphere there was awesome, and it was a great finish to our trip.

I really enjoyed that week of vacation there, but we had to come back to Worthington because soccer practice started. I'm part of the Trojan girls soccer team, and things are going well. The girls on the team are really nice, and I like playing and practicing together with them. We practice almost every day, and I really like that sports play an important role here.

I'm also a member of the marching band, and I took part in the six-day band camp at the beginning of August. I play the trumpet, and it was a great experience for me to play together with so many people because I never did something like this before. I also really liked to march and practice our field show.

I also went to my first Crailsheim committee meeting and again met many more people. The committee had a party for me being here to which the whole city of Worthington was invited. There I got to know Bob Demuth and his wife, Betty, and I also met a lot of other people from Worthington.

You can see I've already done a lot of different things while I've been here in America and in Worthington, and I really enjoyed doing all of it. I really enjoy being here in Worthington. It's a nice city, and everyone here is very nice and friendly to me.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the Crailsheim committee and to the Worthington committee to offer me the chance to do this exchange year here in Worthington. This partnership is something really special!

This was my first letter with my first experiences and impressions so far, and I'm really looking forward to the following ones.

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