Boston- Foreign City but Familiar Community

This year, a big opportunity got offered to my classmate Sophie Amon and me. We were asked if we wanted to take part in an exchange with two girls from Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Boston. The greatest things in life come unexpected, and after this trip to Boston, I can totally agree with that.

I have to admit that I was afraid! I had no Ms-Noel,-Sophie,-Jenny-in-Boston.JPGidea of what would happen during this month in a foreign city, thousands of miles away from home, surrounded my people who speak a foreign language. So yes, I had doubts, but nonetheless Sophie and me almost instantly agreed to the exchange with our sister Sacred Heart school. I guess sometimes we have to let our fears behind, so that we can experience something totally new and fantastic.I for myself can tell you, that this was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made so far.
As soon as I arrived, all my doubts were instantly gone. I got to stay with the loveliest host family I could have ever asked for (at this point: a huge “thank you” to Family Ryan) and experienced an overwhelming loving and caring community in the Newton Country Day School.

Everybody in school was so excited to meet “the girls form the country of The Sound Of Music”, and they instantly welcomed and included us in their community. In no time I found a lot of friends who would lunch with me, take me with them to their classes, and basically always cared for me, especially if I got lost on the huge school campus. I never felt alone. Well I know this might sound cheesy, but I can truly say, that I found a little family over there.

I have been the first exchange student for the Ryan family, and I was touched by how immediately they included me in their family life. They proverbially moved mountains for me, so that I could experience the most and the best of Boston, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that. When I think back to my time in Boston, I think of a time full of fun, meeting new people and discovering and learning new things and I feel the sudden urge to take the next plane back there.

I have to say that I had the time of my life in Boston. I guess I left a piece of mine in that great city, and I am looking forward to coming back soon. I never felt so much at home in a foreign city, like I did while in Boston.

Finally, I want to thank everybody who made this great opportunity possible. A huge  “thank you” to our head, Mr. Hallwirth, to Ms. Gmeindl-Oser, to Ms. Andrasch, to Ms. Noel, to Sister Rogers, and above all to my host family, and especially Hana, my lovely host sister.
Thank you!          
Jenny An, Sacred Heart Grammar School Vienna, Austria