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November

November

November

What’s up, guys?! These first few months have been crazy and I’m really excited to share them with you!

What’s up! This month has been pretty chill. I’ve spent a great amount of time with my friends and I’ve loved it.

 

On the first week, I went with Andrea (the Spanish girl) to see her brothers’ soccer game. This wouldn’t sound very interesting to most of the people but to me it was awesome. Watching them play soccer reminded me of Spain and all of the fun times playing soccer with my friends, watching my brother play or our weekly gatherings to watch our favorite team play; in my case, Real Madrid. The weather that day was terrible, we were freezing and it was raining but it was worth it because they won state championships!

About tennis… I still played number five until my friends’ injuries were healed. It was pretty fun but exhausting at the same time. Playing in the line up has nothing to do with playing exhibition matches; there’s a lot of pressure and the girls I played against were so good it was crazy. Somehow, I managed to win a couple matches but lost most of the others. After, it was states’ week. We didn’t win states but we were the runner-ups; that’s still amazing and really proud of all of the girls. Also, I won an award for tennis for the most improved!

 

The third week of November I went to Maryland to visit my best friend from Spain, Amy. When I saw her, I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing her and she even started crying. The weekend was pretty fun; we went to a party and met her friends, got her hair dyed (a really bad experience btw) and we got to talk a lot. I didn’t realize how much I missed her until I had to say bye to her again.

For Thanksgiving, we had an assembly at school in which we had to dress up and be with our JK buddy and then, I went to South Carolina with my host family and it was very fun. We saw my host brother who is currently working there, went to an outlet mall to do our Christmas shopping, saw the lights, had Thanksgiving lunch and we even did black Friday! Black Friday in America is crazy; I saw people actually fighting for the last coat and around 100 people waiting in the line for Nike but then, we had to wait for hours to pay (I honestly don’t know if it’s worth it but it was something…. interesting to experience).

The day of my birthday, I did a small sleepover with my best friends and it was super fun and then the weekend after, there’s going to be a huge party at my friend’s house.

 

 

See you next month!!

 

October

October

October

What’s up, guys?! These first few months have been crazy and I’m really excited to share them with you!

First of all, let me introduce myself. I’m Anita, and I’m an international student from Madrid, Spain. This is my second year here in the US, I’m currently living in Richmond, VA, and I’m a senior at The Steward School. I came back to Steward for my second year after spending the whole summer in Spain. It was awesome seeing everyone again, but it was sad having to leave my friends in Spain for a year, especially my best friend in Spain, Anyways, I was so excited to see my best friends again after almost three months, which is a lot considering that I was used to seeing them literally every day, but it was also so hard saying goodbye to my best friend Amy, who was on the plane with me.

 

When I first got back to Steward, the first people I saw were Gracie and Lyndda laying down on the floor at the colonnade while I was running towards them, and I hugged them so hard that I couldn’t even breathe. I saw so many people that day, and I was so happy… I knew I made the right decision by coming back for another year and that it was the right choice even though my parents weren’t really happy about it (but they still supported me).

 

Tennis practice started way before school started and it killed me. I hadn’t had done any sports since last year’s tennis season and I was sooooo out of shape so it took some getting used to.  But after that, it was great as I improved a lot (I got to play number 5 in the lineup multiple times) and our team was number one in our division! We have states in a week so… wish us luck!!!

 

One of the most memorable moments from my experience was definitely Homecoming. It was so fun! Finding a dress was excruciating but I found one that I liked after hours of looking with my friends. I got asked by a great friend of mine, Julian. He asked me with a poster in Spanish which was pretty cute.

On the morning of Homecoming, I got ready with two of my best friends and their dates: Nayeli and the other Spaniard, Andrea. We went to a really nice Chinese restaurant and took cute pictures. The dance was amazing. Everyone was there. After the dance, there was a party and it was super fun. After that, I was super sad because I realized that it was going to be my last homecoming at steward and I wasn’t going to be here next year.

I can’t wait for all the other activities the senior class will do.

See you next month!!