September 15, 2008
This Sunday we had an Afs meeting with all the guys, who came to Germany this year. I'm a volunteer, where I have to take care from Max from China. As volunteer, I have to meet Max once a month and we just have to talk about different topics, and how his year has been so far. There are seven other exchange students from all over the world (United States, Norway, Chile, ...), who are spending one year here in Germany. We had a lot of fun there and to talk about the different culture and the first impression of the exchange students. I hope, they will all have a great year like I had in the United States last year.
September 8, 2008
Today I had my first day of school. I still have two more years school until I finish. For now on, everything counts for my "diplom", which I take at the end of my school carrier. The system is very difficult to understand and it's harder to get good grades, than it is in America. The school system is a little bit different than highschool. Here you have your own classroom, so the teachers come to you. You also can't change your classes, so you have all classes with the same classmates almost the whole school life. Another different is, that if you want to do any kind of sport, you have to do it on your own, because the school doesn't offer any sport. But therefore you usually have school until 13 o'clock, but not every day. What I don't like about the German school system is, that there isn't any school spirit. It's only about education and you can't really identify with your school, which is kind of sad. But I have to see, how I will overcome the next two years.
In the last few weeks I have started my driving lessons. First you have to take about 15h of driving lessons, where you learn about the different rules on the street and how you have to pay attention and drive carefully. When you have all your lessons done, you have to pass a test, otherwise you never get a driving license. Right now I have my first praticial driving lessons, where you drive the car for an hour and the teacher is sitting next to you in the car and takes care of you. It's pretty difficult to drive a car, especially with the gearshift, but I will get used to it. When I have all my driving lessons done (about 25), I have to pass a praticial test and then I get my driver license -finally :)