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Letter: Worthington student gets settled in Crailsheim

Hello everyone, I am Grace Moody, the new exchange student for the 2017-2018 year from Worthington; currently in Crailsheim. I have been very busy and cannot believe that three months have passed so fast! When I arrived here in Crailsheim on July...

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Hello everyone, I am Grace Moody, the new exchange student for the 2017-2018 year from Worthington; currently in Crailsheim.

 

I have been very busy and cannot believe that three months have passed so fast! When I arrived here in Crailsheim on July 19, I had traveled with people from Amazing Worthington Band. It was fun to honor the 70th anniversary of the partnership between Worthington and our sister city of Crailsheim, Germany. There was a wonderful culture festival and I was able to meet all former exchange students. I was treated like a queen.

After the Amazing Worthington Band returned to the states, it was summer time in Germany and people were on vacation -- no school!  During this time, I visited many places all over Baden-Württemberg. My favorite place would be Lake Constance. It is a beautiful large lake bordering Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I was lucky enough to visit the city of Constance in Switzerland. I also traveled to Munich and Heidelberg. The countryside is breathtaking.

 

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Summer soon ended and it was time to start school in Crailsheim. I was both frightened and excited to start the school. On the first day I understood almost nothing. The schedule was confusing. The courses change every day. In this school the teachers change rooms while the students stay in their classrooms, which saves on congestion in the halls. The second week was much easier and I could understand more. The school has been great since then!

 

The first school weekend was the famous Volksfest. It was fun to take the Mayor’s Tour on the first day! I had bought my Dirndl (traditional German dress) and was really excited to wear it and experience Volksfest. I had a great time in the parades promoting Worthington with our turkey float covered with beautiful flowers. There was also swimming, and sweets. Volksfest soon became one of my favorite experiences in my first three months.

 

The second weekend of school was a class trip to London. It was a fun but long journey traveling by bus through France and then a ferry from France to England. We saw so much in those few days.  My favorite activities in London included the London Eye ferris wheel, Buckingham Palace, the Harry Potter Station and Oxford. While at Oxford, I was able to meet the actress Teresa Palmer while she was filming her new TV show, “A Discovery of Witches.” My friends and I watched her filming a scene. She came over to meet us, talk and take pictures. This will definitely be an experience I will not forget. In the end, London was incredibly beautiful.  I hope to return soon.

 

Now it is Oktoberfest with fun festivals all month. I also enjoy the semi pro Merlins basketball games. German folks know how to live!

 

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My first three months were amazing with many adventures and new experiences. I am looking forward to seeing what the remainder of the year holds.

 

I would encourage any sophomore to apply for this wonderful opportunity. Look for applications after the first of the year at school!  

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