2005-06 Inbound from Germany
Date of Birth: October 13,
Hometown: Bruchsal, Baden-Wuerttemberg,
Sponsor: Bruchsal-Bretten Rotary Club, District
Host: Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
Rotary Club, District 6970, Florida USA
School: Nease High School
September 8 Journal - "My first school
day was bad, because I didn't understand anything. The teacher talked so
fast. But they are very nice. They always ask you if you need help."
October 20 Journal - "Two days later
was Homecoming. My date was the Homecoming King, isn't that cool?! I
really had so much fun on this day! I didn't sleep that much, but it was
February 3 Journal - "I moved to my
second host family. At first I was a little scared to go there, because I
would have three host brothers. But I love it so much! It is so funny and
we have so much fun!"
April 19 Journal and Pictures - "On
March 23-26, was the PGA Tournament Players Championship in Sawgrass. And
guess what?? I got to be a Standard Bearer. That means you are really
close to the players."
|My name is Olga Bruewer and I'm 16 years old. I'm from Germany. I
live there in Bruchsal, it's close to Heidelberg. I live with my parents and my
brother (19 years) and my sister (15 years). I also have a dog. I like to play
golf and to play saxophone.
I'm an Exchange student, because we hosted two Exchange
students before and two years ago my brother was an Exchange student in
California. He told me what a great experience he had. When I heard that, I
was excited and I want to be an Exchange student.
I gain from this year to improve my English and to become
fluent in it. I want to get to know America's traditions and different
September 8 Journal
|Hey everybody! How are you doing? I have been here in Florida for
7 weeks now. Wow, they went by very fast. Let me tell you something about those
I arrived before my school started, so my host family took
me to a cabin up in South Carolina. There I played golf with my host dad and
his friends. It was really fun. When we came back home I went to the beach
with my host sister. We both have a lot of fun.
On August 5th my school started. I'm going to Nease High
School and I am in the golf team, I'm so happy about that. But my first
school day was bad, because I didn't understand anything. The teacher talked
so fast. But they are very nice. They always ask you if you need help. At
first it was really hard for me to make friends, but now it's getting
better. The school in Germany is different, because we don't change the
classroom each period. And the whole day we are together with the same
people, so it's so much easier to make friends.
I also was two times at the Rotary meetings. The Rotarian
people are so nice and I really enjoy the meetings.
I'm so glad to be an exchange student because I think it's
a great experience.
Talk to you later, guys!!!!!
October 20 Journal
|Hey y'all !! How are you doing? I'm fine, because Florida is
awesome!!! I love it!! I have to tell you so much. First I wanna talk about
golf. As I said am I in the Nease golf team. Two weeks ago we had districts. We
made the third place, so we qualified for regionals. Yeah, we all did a good job
;) Last Monday we had regionals, but unfortunately we didn't make it. So we can't
go to the states...:( But there were two teams that did very well and we didn't
have any chance. The golf season is over now, but I still will play with my
host dad and my friends. I also was at the Jaguar Football Game. That was
soooooooooooooo much fun!!! Thank you for this opportunity!! And guess what?! The
Jaguars woooooooooon :)
On October 13th was my birthday. My friends threw the best
party ever!! Erica rented a huge, white limo for 20 girls. It was great! We
drove with the limo to dinner in a Mexican restaurant. There was the next
surprise: The employees brought me ice cream with a candle on it and gave me
a Mexican hat. All girls sang for me. It was adorable! The next station was
Adventure Landing. We played laser tag (my team won haha) and go cart. It
was so much fun!! After that the limo dropped us at my house and there we
ate that delicious cake which my host mom made.
Two days later was Homecoming. My date was the Homecoming
King, isn't that cool?! I really had so much fun on this day! On this
weekend I didn't sleep that much, but it was just great!
This month I also went to the Jacksonville Zoo with Doug
and his wife. I saw a Jaguar, snakes (I'm afraid of snakes), giraffes,
alligators and birds. It was so cool!
3 weeks ago I went to a golf manager meeting with Stephen
Harrison. I thought it'll be boring, but it wasn't boring at all! It was
very interesting and after that we played 18 holes.
Last week my host mom took me to St. Augustine and we
shopped a little bit. It was so nice! I love this city!!
Maybe I also should tell you something about school.
Well....school... ;) I'm just kidding, school is ok and my grades are
getting better. But it's not that easy!!! So, since I'm talking about
school, I just noticed that I haven't done my homework yet :( Yeah, that
means I gotta go now. Talk to y'all later!!!
By the way, this Saturday is the Fall Outing for Inbounds
and host families. I'm sooo excited to see everybody again!! It's gonna be
February 3 Journal
|Hey everybody!! How is it
going? I haven't written anything for a
long time. So I guess it is time;)
I'm gonna start with Disney World in December. All the
Exchange students went there together and we met Exchange students from
Miami's district. We arrived there Thursday and stayed until Sunday. We
visited Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and MGM Studios... it was soooo
much fun. And I love all the Exchange students...Thank you to Rotary for
this wonderful trip!!!
On December 24th was Christmas eve. In the morning I
cooked with my host mom Kathy. We had a lot of fun. After dinner Kathy read
the Christmas story and then we opened the "family presents". At about 9.30
pm we went to an Episcopal church. It was great. In the morning my host
brother woke me up and said: "Olga, come downstairs, there is more
presents." I was confused because in Germany you get all the presents on
December 24th, but my host family explained me that you get the presents
from Santa on December 25th in the morning. So you get presents on two days.
That's really cool. I have to confess that I was a little homesick on
Christmas, but I think everybody was that. Because it's just a family eve.
December 28th I moved to my second host family. At first I
was a little scared to go there, because I would have three host brothers.
BUT I love it so much! It is so funny and we have so much fun!!!!!!
On December 31st almost all the Exchange students went to
the Jacksonville parade.E verybody carried the flag of their own country.
After the parade we all went to Theresa Harrington's house and had a New
Year's party there. We all dressed up. Nard from Thailand wore a gorgeous
Thai dress. And she also danced for all of us. It was incredible. I filmed
her and will show it to my friends in Germany;) They will love it because we
have never seen this kind of dance.
My host mom took me and my host brothers to Daytona
International Speedway. That is a car race. We had a tour there and we also
watched the Imax about it. It was awesome.
On January 26th all the Exchange students went to the
Keys. We had an about 14 hours ride, with a lot of breaks of course. That
might sound bad and really long, but just to be with the Exchange students,
my best friends, just made me happy. When we arrived there we met a group
from Michigan. They were not Exchange students, they just had a school trip.
They were awesome and we had so much fun with them. Before they left we
exchanged numbers and e-mail addresses so we can keep in touch. Anyway, at
the Seacamp we were divided in 7 different groups. In my group we learned
about "biodiversity". We had boat trips and snorkeled, while our group
leaders Tara and Holeigh taught us about biodiversity. On Saturday night we
had a round table discussion. Everybody's group had to give a presentation.
And of course everybody was included. At first I thought that would be
boring, but it wasn't boring at all. It was so much fun. But on Sunday we
all had to say good bye to the group from Michigan, which was really so sad.
We became so close in just three days. That's unbelievable, but
true!!!!!!!!! But a big consolation was that we went to Key West SHOPPING
after saying good bye. And I love shopping. We had two hours and then we all
went back home. It was the best trip ever and I had lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!!
My first semester in school wasn't really good. I didn't
get the grades that I wanted to. So I decided this semester to study more.
And today we got Interims. I got a B in American History, an A in Algebra
II, a C in French:(, an A in team sports and an A in Spanish. It is not the
best, but it is getting better!!!!!And I will keep studying!
So y'all, I gotta go now, because I'm gonna go to a
symphony tonight and I have to get ready for it. I'm excited!!!
Talk to you later! Take care!!!
April 19 Journal and Pictures
|Hey guys!! And again I'm sorry for taking so long. But you know as
an exchange student you are always busy. And now unfortunately school started
again... the good thing is 4 weeks left to the summer break, but the bad thing is
that also means the year is almost over and we all have to leave again. Of course
I'm looking forward to see my family and friends again, but to be honest I don't
wanna leave my host family and all the new friends I made here.
Ok, now I wanna tell you about the last couple of weeks.
First of all I participated at the Relay for Life for the American Cancer
Society. I was in the French team and it was so much fun. On March 17th all
the teams gathered at Nease High school at the football field. And we all
walked the track... of course not at the same time...but it was always at
least one of the team walking. We walked until the next morning at 6 o'
clock. Before that event every member of the team had to raise at least 100
dollars. So one day my host mom sent e-mails to all members of my Rotary
Club (Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset) and when we went to the meeting everybody
gave me money for the Relay for Life. It was amazing how everybody supported
me and wanted to help!! In the end I raised 600 dollars in one night for the
American Cancer Society. It was incredible and I wanna thank my Rotary Club
and especially my host mom for their help again!!!!
On March 17th in the afternoon my host family took me to
Orlando to watch the baseball spring training. It was the first baseball
game I went to. It was really cool. But it was soooo hot that I got a
On March 23-26, was the PGA Tournament Players
Championship in Sawgrass. And guess what?? I got to be a Standard Bearer.
Probably not all of you know what it is. It is the kids that carry the sign
with the score for the players. And that means you are really close to the
players. It was so much fun. At the end the players that I carried for gave
me a signed ball. I was so happy:)
On March 25th I had Prom. So my friend picked me up at the
tournament after I was done working and we went to a hair salon to get our
hair done. After that we went to the mall and got professional make up. It
was so much fun. I've never gotten professional make up before. Well and
after that we put our dresses on and our dates were already waiting for us.
We also rented a limo. We ate dinner at Ruby Tuesday and then we went to the
dance. I had a lot of fun!!!!!!!!!!
On April 8th my one of my host brothers had his eagle
project (he is a boy scout). The project was that we had to plant some
plants at the YMCA. It sounds easy, but it was a lot of work. We got there
at 9 in the morning and we finished it at 4pm. It looks very nice now!!!
On April 7th the spring break started and in this week my
host family decided to paint the house. So we were busy three days painting
the house. It actually was good... I had so much fun with my host brothers
and the house looks gorgeous now!!!!We did a good job:)
So, Easter Sunday on April 16th was much fun. The day
before that we painted eggs and they looked so cute you don't even know.
Look at the following pictures;) On Sunday we all went to church and then we
had a nice breakfast and after that we all went eggs hunting...I guess I was
a little slow because my host brothers found everything before me...But my
host mom helped me... haha... I don't call that cheating;)
So and now the spring break is over...no good..
I just wanna say thanks everybody who made that year
possible for me because it is just amazing!! THANK ALL OF YOU FOR
EVERYTHING!! I really appreciate it!!!!
I'll talk to you later! Take care!!!