Meet Klara from Germany, our Student Ambassador for the month of January.
Tell us about your high school exchange year!
I go to Canyon High school in New Braunfels, Texas. My school has around 3,600 students. I enjoy every single day in school. The teachers are amazing, I’ve met very nice people through my classes, tennis, and events such as football games. I love the US! My favorite things are the people here, they are open minded, super friendly and excited to meet new people. Texas has a lot of different things available to those who live here. One of those is the food, especially Whataburger and Chick-Fil-A! Whataburger is a Texan fast-food restaurant, they have fresh burgers and fries. I love my host family! We have an amazing relationship and have gotten along with each other since the first day we met! We spent a lot of time talking before my arrival so it helped the connection process a lot. I have been lucky to be able to travel with my host mums. They are a military family and seeing their families for the holidays was special. We have been to Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and we have explored Texas. For spring break we are going on a road trip to Disney World in Florida for a family vacation, there will be 15 members of the family! On the way there I will get to see Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. I am so thankful that my host family has offered to take me on their family vacations.
How does life in Texas compare to life in Germany?
I love playing sports. In Germany I was on a track and field team and went to competitions outside of school since in Germany we don’t have school sports or activities. Here in Texas at my high school we are able to join a sport so I joined the tennis team. We practice every day except for weekends. Our practice time is in the middle of my school day and it counts just like every other subject! High school in general is so so much bigger here. The phrase 'everything is bigger in Texas' is real! Our sport fields at school are the size of professional sport stadiums. For me school ends at 4 pm everyday but back in Germany school would end between 1-2 pm. Everything in Germany is so small compared to America!
Why did you decide you wanted to go on an exchange year?
When I was 6 years old my sister went on an exchange in Wisconsin also with EF. A couple years later my sisters host sister came to Germany to visit us. After that my parents and I talked about it and I was so excited that they would give me the opportunity to live the American dream that I always wanted to experience. I wanted to explore a new culture and become fluent in English. I wanted to meet new people and experience a different way of high school.
Why did you want to become an EF Exchange Year Ambassador? What kind of things do you do as an Ambassador?
The Student Ambassador program is a group of exchange students that are learning how to become better leaders. We not only share our experience on social media, we also have monthly webchats and projects in which we learn how to have impact on others and where we all share our experiences in the US and our lives in our home countries with each other. The monthly projects help us learn more about exchange in detail and to grow as a person. With the help of the Student Ambassador program I want to be able to help future exchange students who want to go on this amazing journey and teach them how to get the most out of their exchange. I want to be able to have an impact on others and share my experience with many people. This is why I also want to become a Summer Ambassador and work for EF in the future.
What advice would you give current or future exchange students?
My advice for every exchange student is: get out of your comfort zone and take every single chance you can get. With every chance you take you will experience new things. Say “yes”, always! You only have this one year and you don’t want to regret chances you didn’t take. Exchange is about learning and growing and you will only do that if you accept every challenge.
Our Ambassadors embody the spirit of exchange. Want to learn more about the EF Ambassador program? Click here for more information.